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Uganda’s anti-gay law faces court challenge

21 Mar

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A challenge to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act began today in the country’s Constitutional Court.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga addresses the Ugandan parliament. (File photo) Speaker Rebecca Kadaga addresses the Ugandan parliament. (File photo)

The suit argues that the law violates the constitutional right to equality before the law and rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and association. The challenge also protests that a quorum was not present when parliament voted for the bill on Dec. 20.

The bill, signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni on Feb. 24, has intensified a climate of fear among LGBT people in Uganda. Local tabloids have repeatedly outed alleged LGBT people in front-page stories, with photographs. Many have been harassed by neighbors and evicted by landlords; some have been arrested for questioning.

The LGBT rights organization Spectrum Uganda warned its members:

“Please do not come for the petitioning tomorrow at the Constitutional Court if you fear for your security. There is going to be plenty…

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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in General News

 

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