BBC News: Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Homosexuality Law

BBC News: Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Homosexuality Law

{Photo credit: Rui Pires.}Photo credit: Rui Pires.

Keanahikishime welcomes the that Uganda's anti-homesexuality law has been annulled by the country's Constitutional Court. President Yoweri Museveni signed the law into effect in February.

According to  (August 1, 2014):

[The Ugandan Constitutional Court] ruled that the bill was passed by [Members of Parliament] in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for 'aggravated homosexuality' and banned the 'promotion of homosexuality'.

Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.

Read Keanahikishime's statement on the anti-homosexuality law (March 3, 2014).

Keanahikishime Global Technical Lead on HIV & AIDS, , MD, MPH, blogged at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) about the public health–and personal–consequences of criminalizing HIV & AIDS and homosexuality, a disturbing trend in a handful of sub-Saharan African countries.

Read Dr. Kellerman's post, "" (July 23, 2014).

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I have absolutely no doubt that influence from international donors played large part in this decision. While common sense prevailed and absolutely the correct decision has been made it does concern me that their legal and political system can be so easily manipulated and persuaded .

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