The United Nation's high commissioner on human rights has weighed in forcefully against a proposed anti-gay bill currently before the Ugandan Parliament, the AFP reported.

Navi Pillay called the measure that would strengthen the criminal penalties for having gay sex in the African country “blatantly discriminatory.”

“The bill clearly breaches international human rights standards,” she said Friday.

MP David Bahati's bill has been widely condemned by Western countries. This week, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee's subcommittee on International Trade, threatened to reverse Uganda's advantageous trade status if it approves the bill.

The bill would increase the penalties for being gay in a country where it is already illegal, including adding a death penalty provision for repeat offenders and people who are HIV-positive. It would also criminalize public discussion of being gay, effectively gagging gay rights activists and their allies.

“The bill proposes draconian punishments for people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered,” she said.

Saying that the “state should not dictate the nature of private consensual relations between adults,” Pillay, a South Africa native, called on the Ugandan government to scrap the bill.