A Gambian lawmaker told the AP on Monday that the National Assembly has approved a harsh anti-gay bill.

Minority leader Samba Jallow told the news agency that the bill prescribes life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality.”

The bill contains “identical” language to a controversial measure approved last year by Ugandan lawmakers, the AP reported. Uganda's law was struck down by a court in July on technical grounds. However, lawmakers have vowed to approve a new law in its place.

The laws also ban the “promotion of homosexuality.”

“It only adds to the discrimination and to the climate of fear that gays and lesbians … are living under,” said Amnesty International's Francois Patuel.

Gay sex is already illegal in the West African nation, where violators face prison sentences of up to 14 years.

The bill now awaits President Yahya Jammeh's signature. Jammeh in February described gays as “vermin.”