Uganda Constitutional Court: Anti-Homosexuality Act is unconstitutional
In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court of Uganda nullified the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The Court argued that procedural rules were not followed when Parliament passed the bill in December, as not enough lawmakers had been present at the vote.
The now void Anti-Homosexuality Act foresaw life imprisonment for consensual same-sex activity. ‘Promotion of homosexuality’ carried a maximum of 7 years imprisonment.
“We congratulate those who have worked so hard in Uganda to fight this hateful law. Finally, this law, which had already shown vast negative consequences, ceases to exist.”
“However, the struggle is not over: under the penal code, homosexuality remains a crime, as in almost 80 other countries around the globe. We call on all these countries to stop criminalising LGBT people and respect human rights of all of its citizens.”