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Uganda: President Museveni Signs Anti-Homosexuality Bill

    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
    February 24, 2014

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

    SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY with Uganda’s LGBTI community

    This note sent to Amnesty International in January 2014 by a Ugandan LGBTI activist shows just how much our solidarity means to activists in Uganda.

    "The solidarity cards were amazing. I cried for a while when I received them. When I suggested the solidarity cards for the lgbt community, I didn't know the impact they would have.

    Public statements have great impact, but personal messages provide us as individuals with strength to keep you going . The timing couldn't have been better. Thank you. Really, thank you."
     

    “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.

     

    For further information contact John Tackaberry, Media Relations               (613)744-7667#236 jtackaberry@amnesty.ca

    Amnesty International Public Statement:  Uganda: Rights and freedoms under attack with new legislation