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March 13, 2014

Activists Challenge Ugandan Anti-LGBT Law in Court

A coalition of Ugandan LGBT organizations and activists has filed a petition with the Ugandan Constitutional Court questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Homosexuality Law, according to a statement from the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which has granted more than $800,000 to social justice groups in the country.

The petition seeks an injunction to prevent implementation of the law. The coalition also wants a gag order on the Red Pepper newspaper, which published the names and photos of allegedly LGBT Ugandans. Further, the coalition asks the court for a general injunction against the Ugandan media from publishing similar lists and inciting hate against LGBT Ugandans.

In February, despite widespread international disapproval, Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, signed the anti-LGBT law, which criminalizes homosexual acts. The legislature passed the bill in 2013. People convicted of “aggravated homosexuality”—which includes same-sex acts with children or by LGBT people who are HIV positive—could face life in prison.

Museveni had backed away from signing the law, but changed his position because he claims Ugandan scientists had determined that homosexuality is a choice.

To read the statement, click here.

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