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New Uganda law opens door to anti-LGBTI repression

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly signed into law a bill that could impose harsh restrictions on organizations working with people considered to be social outcasts, including LGBTI people, sex workers, drug users and those involved with abortions. The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) pointed out “three thorny issues” with the bill, which … Continue reading

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New Uganda NGO bill: Better, but still bad for LGBTI groups

Some LGBTI rights activists in Uganda fear the worst from the newly passed NGO Bill, which still would need a presidential signature before becoming law. For them, it is a back-door reintroduction of last year’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was overturned by the Ugandan Constitutional Court in August 2014. Those activists predict that, in effect, … Continue reading

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Acquittal, but bad news, in Uganda consensual sex case

Contrary to earlier impressions, no helpful precedent was set by the Sept. 8 acquittal of Ugandan sports celebrity Chris Mubiru in a case involving consensual same-sex relations, a new legal analysis concludes. Mubiru’s acquittal was accompanied by his conviction on Sept. 8 for forced sodomy, which seemed to suggest that Ugandan courts in the future … Continue reading

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7 years of delay stymie Ugandan anti-bias lawsuit

Uganda’s Constitutional Court has once again failed to act on a challenge to the law that prevents the country’s Equal Opportunities Commission from fulfilling its responsibility for protecting marginalized people from discrimination. That law prohibits the commission from acting on behalf of the most marginalized Ugandans, those who behave in ways that the Ugandan majority … Continue reading

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Uganda helps minorities, except those most in need of help

A huge flaw prevents Uganda’s Equal Opportunities Commission from fulfilling its responsibility for protecting marginalized people from discrimination. By law, it is not authorized to act on behalf of the most marginalized Ugandans — those who behave in ways that the Ugandan majority considers “unacceptable” or “immoral and socially harmful.” A prime example: LGBTI people. … Continue reading

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Ugandan anti-gay law is dead, but court challenge lives on

A legal battle continues against Uganda’s now-defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act, led by the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), a gay-friendly legal advocacy group in Uganda. HRAPF will not be joined in the case by the UHAI East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI-EASHRI) or the Health Development Initiative-Rwanda (HDI-Rwanda), because the East African … Continue reading