The Human Dignity Trust has produced a series of ground-breaking notes explaining how criminalisation interacts with various key areas of democratic values, good governance and well-being. These notes highlight how crucial decriminalisation is for states to prosper and uphold their core democratic principles. They demonstrate the variety of lenses through which criminalisation's damaging effects can be seen, from exacerbating HIV to harming businesses to undermining the rule of law.
This note by the Human Dignity Trust explains the Ugandan Non-Governmental Organisations Bill 2015 published in the Ugandan government gazette on 10 April 2015. If passed, the Bill is likely to severely restrict the activities of NGOs, and in particular those who work in support of LGBT rights.
After the Ugandan courts suspended the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) on a technical ground, the persecution of the Ugandan LGBT community continues through a new Bill, the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill, 2014 . This Human Dignity Trust’s Briefing highlights key issues. The language of the new Bill is less sensational than the AHA but it is equally draconian. This Bill expressly criminalises the non-sexual conduct of LGBT people and criminalise those who provide services to them. It may also render many LGBT people homeless.
On 9 October 2014, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh signed his assent to the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2014, passed by the Gambian Parliament on 25 August 2014. The Act further criminalises the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Gambia.
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.
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.