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.
On 11 December 2013 the Supreme Court of India declared Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises same-sex activity between men, as constitutionally valid, setting aside a 2009 judgment of the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court held that Section 377 is not unconstitutional while stating that it would be open for the Parliament to consider scrapping the law.
On 7 January 2014, Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck signed his assent to the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 (SSMPA). This briefing note shows how several elements of this legislation contravene Nigeria’s Constitution as well as its binding international obligations and also how such laws hinder the effectiveness of strategies and measures designed to contain the HIV epidemic.