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Legality of Anti Homosexuality Act challenged in Constitutional Court by an unprecedented coalition of petitioners; Injunction against enforcement sought

Today the 11th of March 2014, The legality of the Anti Homosexuality Act was challenged in Constitutional Court by an unprecedented coalition of petitioners and an Injunction against enforcement sought.
The petition was filed under the auspices of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, a coalition of 50 indigenous civil society organisations that advocates for non-discrimination in Uganda. The petition argues that the Anti Homosexuality Act violates Ugandans’ Constitutionally guaranteed right to: privacy, to be free from discrimination, dignity, to be free from cruel,inhuman and degrading treatment, to the freedoms of expression, thought, assembly and association; to the presumption of innocence, and to the right to civic participation.
For a detailed coverage of the petition, please download these documents:
 

Updated guidelines on how National, International and Regional partners can support Ugandan LGBTI Persons and their allies

Dear Partners, Friends and Colleagues,
We thank you for all the support you have accorded the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL) in its fight against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (the Bill) over the years.
We specifically thank you for the support since the Parliament of Uganda passed the Bill on 20th December 2013. Despite the intensive work that has been done since 2009 to stop the passage of this draconian bill into law, President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta of the Republic of Uganda on Monday 24th February 2014 signed the Bill into Law. We now have to work with the reality of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (2014).
Please find the document attached with the Updated guidelines on how National, International and Regional partners can support Ugandan LGBTI Persons and their allies.
 

Press Statement: Civil Society denounces the use of Quack Science to Justify a Political Decision, Calls for the recall of Ambassadors

As President Museveni signals intent to sign Anti Homosexuality Bill into Law, Civil society calls for the U.S., European, and other donors to recall their Ambassadors for urgent consultations about the way forward on human rights for all people

Activists denounce use of “quack science” to justify a political decision

(KAMPALA) President Museveni has misrepresented and disregarded science and evidence to protect his political interests, Ugandan civil society organizations said today, in reaction to news that President Museveni will sign Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Bill into law.
 

Open letter from public health clinicians, researchers, and academics regarding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

“To His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda………”

As part of efforts to fight the Anti Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, and to respond to recent debates by the President and other politicians in Uganda regarding the science and evidence around sexual orientation, Ugandan advocates have asked for solidarity from the international community in describing what the science says regarding LGBT sexual orientations and regarding the likely public health impact of the Bill.

 

Press Release: The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law speaks out against the anti homosexuality bill

On December 20, 2013, Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, and submitted it to the President for assent.
The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law unequivocally condemns the actions of Parliament in this regard, and in particular the fact that the basic rules of procedure of the institution—including the necessity for a quorum and prior inclusion of the Bill on the Order Paper—were not followed.
 

Press Release: NCHRD-UG Concerns Over the Anti Homosexuality Bill

The National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRDU) with deep concern regrets the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 into law on the 20th December 2013.  The Bill violates the rights of sexual minorities and defenders working to create an enabling environment for Human Rights Defenders to continue doing their work of promoting and protecting human rights.
 

Press Release: Uganda’s Anti-Gay law will halt HIV/AIDS programs among sexual minorities.

During 2013 Spectrum Uganda Initiatives Inc. provided health care and related services to Uganda’s LGBTI and HIV/AIDS community. The group reached close to 500  men with HIV/AIDS/STD prevention, treatment, care and support services across Uganda. However unfortunately with the passage of the Anti- Homosexuality Bill the future is uncertain and much of the good work is at great risk…….Threats, hateful speeches and discrimination from religious leaders and politician are increasing and resulting into insecurity to our peer educators, staff and LGBTI community, which are hampering health service delivery. When this law is enacted, we anticipate that it will get even worse.
 

Press Statement By The Gay, Lesibian Bisexual and Transgender Community

On Friday 20th December 2013, the Parliament of Uganda decided to unwisely pass the long contested Anti-Homosexuality Bill that was introduced in October 2009 by Hon David Bahati as a private member’s bill. The grounds on which we have always contested this bill are that it is blatantly unconstitutional, is against international human rights standards, is redundant for the most part, and would wreak havoc on the fight against HIV/AIDS and other public health priorities in Uganda. Furthermore, that it would be used to strip ordinary Ugandans of their freedoms and rights. However despite our protests, the bill was passed by Parliament and is awaiting President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to sign it into law. We call on the President to reject discrimination and reject this Act.
 
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