Photo: © Amnesty International
Uganda’s Parliament has violated the human rights of LGBTI+ communities by passing a discriminatory bill called the ‘2023 Anti-Homosexuality Bill.’ People found guilty of ‘attempted homosexuality’ under this bill may be incarcerated for up to 10 years or even face death penalty.
The bill not only criminalizes consensual same-sex relationships but those who are trans, gender-nonconforming or gender diverse. The bill’s ‘aggravated homosexuality’ provision also alarmingly calls for death penalty for ‘serial offenders’ - described as those who are engaged in same-sex relationships with people under the age of 18 or when the alleged harm-doer is living with HIV.
The bill will now be presented to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni who can either veto or sign it into law.
If passed as law, the legislation will violate multiple human rights guaranteed under the Ugandan Constitution and international human rights instruments that Uganda is a party to, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
“This kind of (bill) cannot stand in a country that professes to uphold (the fundamental) principles of human rights of all”
-Alan Nusubunga, Ugandan LGBTI+ advocate
Uganda’s LGBTI+ people, loved ones, grassroots organizations, civil society and advocacy groups are fighting hard to push back against this Bill.
Stand in solidarity with them.