This report considers instances of persecution of the LGBT community in Uganda as recorded by Ugandan civil society organisations in the period of a little over four months after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 20th December 2013. As this report establishes, an alarming increase in instances of harassment and maltreatment can be traced back to the passing of the Act through Parliament.
The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’, during its 55th ordinary session (28 April – 12 May 2014) adopted the historic ‘Resolution on the Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the Basis of their Real or Imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity’. Condemning the acts of violence and systematic attacks by state and non-state acts, the resolution calls on State Parties to ensure an enabling environment for human rights defenders and end all such acts of violence and abuse.
On 29 June 2013 amendments to the federal law ‘On the Protection of Children From Information Liable to be Injurious to their Health and Development’ were signed into force by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation (Anti-Propaganda Law). Russian federal law now prohibits any form of expression of homosexuality (referred to as ‘non-traditional sexual values’ and ‘information promoting non-traditional sexual relations’) to minors.
The Supreme Court of India’s judgment on 14 April 2014 recognised the constitutional rights of transgender people under articles 14 (equality before law), 15 (prohibition of discrimination), 16 (equality of opportunity), 19(1)(a) (freedom of expression) and 21 (rights to life and personal liberty).
On 24 February 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed his assent to the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014, passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 20 December 2013. This is the Human Dignity Trust's briefing on the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
A report produced by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) showing evidence that homophobia, not homosexuality, is the western import to Uganda. This report uses scientific, historical, anthropological and comparative social data from other sub-Saharan African states to debunk the theories behind the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Parliament as not only factually unfounded but also essentially un-African.