Briefing on the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act (2014)

Briefing on the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act (2014)

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.

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Expanded Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative

Expanded Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative

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.

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Suresh Kumar Koushal & Ors. v. Naz Foundation & Ors., Supreme Court of India, SLP (c) 15436/2009

Suresh Kumar Koushal & Ors. v. Naz Foundation & Ors., Supreme Court of India, SLP (c) 15436/2009

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.

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Briefing on the Nigerian Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013

Briefing on the Nigerian Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013

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.

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Irina Fedotova v Russian Federation, CCPR/C/106/D/1932/2010, 2012

Irina Fedotova v Russian Federation, CCPR/C/106/D/1932/2010, 2012

The United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Russia’s application of the Ryazan region anti ‘homosexual propaganda’ law against LGBT rights activist Irina Fedotova to be in breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the grounds of freedom of expression and discrimination.

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International Commission of Jurists, Intervention in Genderdoc-M v Republic of Moldova before the European Court of Human Rights

International Commission of Jurists, Intervention in Genderdoc-M v Republic of Moldova before the European Court of Human Rights

The ICJ intervened on behalf of the claimant in Genderdoc-M v Republic of Moldova, a case concerning permission to stage a demonstration in support of laws protecting sexual minorities. The ICJ gave an authoritative opinion on the validity of limitation provisions in limiting the rights of LGBT persons, stating that ‘the protection of morals, commonly referred to as public morality, is not and can never be an objective and reasonable justification under Article 14 [ECHR, the right to equality]...Public morality cannot serve to justify a distinction in treatment under the prohibition on discrimination.’

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