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Uganda Law Society Opposes Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

February 24th, 2012

This morning’s Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, reports that the Uganda Law Society has warned that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would institutionalize discrimination against those “who are, or thought to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.” The law group warned:

“The bill would further purport to criminalise the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality, compel HIV testing in certain circumstances, impose life sentences for entering into a same-sex marriage, introduce the death penalty for ‘aggravated’ homosexuality, as well as punish those who fail to report knowledge of any violations of its provisions within 24 hours,” said the ULS.

…Mr James Mukasa Sebugenyi, the ULS president, said the bill would violate rights to freedom of expression, thought, peaceful assembly, association, liberty and security of the person and privacy among others.

In a statement issued last week, ULS warned:

Generally, the bill would violate the principle of non-discrimination and would lead to violations of the human rights to freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association, liberty and security of the person, privacy, the highest standard of health, and to life. These rights are guaranteed under the Constitution of Uganda and in international and regional treaties to which Uganda is party, which include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter).

The statement goes on to cite several articles of the Uganda Constitution which the proposed bill would violate.

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