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Uganda's Anti-Gay Law Upheld by Constitutional Court

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 4, 2024

Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023

The law has garnered substantial support within Uganda, reflecting the country's conservative stance and resistance to what some politicians term "immoral" Western influences. However, it has sparked severe criticism from the global community, including the UN, LGBTQ rights groups, and several Western nations. In response to the law and related human rights abuses, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on certain Ugandan officials, and the World Bank has halted new loans to Uganda, citing a clash with its core values.
State Minister Henry Okello Oryem, remain defiant, accusing Western countries of using aid and financial leverage to impose their views on same-sex relationships.

In a significant decision, Uganda's Constitutional Court has upheld the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2023, amidst international outcry and calls for human rights respect.


The court, led by Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera, stated it would not invalidate the law, which prescribes life sentences for same-sex relations and the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality."


This ruling followed a petition challenging the law's constitutionality, spearheaded by academics from Makerere University, government representatives, and human rights advocates. They argued that the legislation infringes upon fundamental rights such as non-discrimination and privacy, and contravenes Uganda's international obligations, including those under the UN Convention against Torture.


The law has garnered substantial support within Uganda, reflecting the country's conservative stance and resistance to what some politicians term "immoral" Western influences.


However, it has sparked severe criticism from the global community, including the UN, LGBTQ rights groups, and several Western nations.

In response to the law and related human rights abuses, the United States has imposed visa restrictions on certain Ugandan officials, and the World Bank has halted new loans to Uganda, citing a clash with its core values.


Despite international pressure, Ugandan officials, like State Minister Henry Okello Oryem, remain defiant, accusing Western countries of using aid and financial leverage to impose their views on same-sex relationships.

The law's enforcement has already seen legal actions, with a young man facing the death penalty under the "aggravated homosexuality" provision, marking a precedent in the country's legal history.

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