(New York – February 10, 2014) Today, on the Global Day of Action Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) stands with thousands of human rights activists across the world to oppose Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. We call on President Museveni to block this bill from becoming law.
Activists gathered in Kampala with signs reading "Some Ugandans are gay. Get over it." Photo Courtesy Pepe Julian Onziema.
The bill, which attaches severe punishment to freedom of assembly and criminalizes vaguely defined acts of expression, was passed by Uganda’s parliament on December 20, 2013 and sent to the President for his assent or veto on January 23, 2014. President Museveni has until February 23 to respond.
“This bill is not just anti-homosexuality: it is anti-democracy and anti-common sense,” said Jessica Stern, Executive Director of IGLHRC. “If the bill becomes law, healthcare professionals, teachers, human rights defenders, and anyone who believes in equality and says so could be thrown in jail. We stand in solidarity with the many Ugandans who have already risked their freedom to say: enough is enough, this bill is wrong!”