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REPUBLIC OF UGANDA: President Museveni Signs Anti-Homosexuality Bill

25 Feb 2014
[International Secretariat]
Region: REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
Topic: Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity

Ugandan President Museveni (Above) has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. © MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images
Ugandan President Museveni (Above) has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. © MEHDI TAAMALLAH/AFP/Getty Images

President Museveni has just signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. It is a draconian and damaging piece of legislation, Amnesty International said today.

“This deeply offensive piece of legislation is an affront to the human rights of all Ugandans and should never have got this far,” said Michelle Kagari, Deputy Regional Director, Amnesty “This legislation will institutionalize hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Uganda. Its passage into law signals a very grave episode in the nation’s history.”

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill will further criminalize consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex, with some offences carrying life imprisonment. It also includes offences such as ‘promotion of homosexuality’, which will directly impact human rights defenders and healthcare providers. It makes a mockery of the rights enshrined in the Ugandan constitution.”

Uganda has made important progress on human rights in recent years, including criminalizing torture, but this Bill is a giant step backwards.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEWS FLASH
24 February 2014

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