Legal rights are diminishing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people across the African continent. It's already illegal to be gay in Uganda. If you're found to have had a same-sex relationship, you can expect to spend seven years in prison. But Uganda's anti-gay laws have become even harsher. It has lengthened sentences for consensual homosexual sex, and extended punishments to those 'promoting' homosexuality. Nigeria already outlaws same-sex relationships.
MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on Uganda: the Bahati Bill and discrimination against the LGBT population
Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill: Inspired by the U.S.
The Ugandan anti-gay legislation that drew international condemnation two years ago could be back at any time, one of the bill's main boosters is warning, and the Ugandan gay community is already firing back. Rebecca Kadaga, speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, told a local radio station in April that while the bill was struck down on a technicality by the country's Constitutional Court — "unfortunately," she said — it could return in short order. In response, Edwin Sesange, director of the Out and Proud Diamond Group, released a statement this week demanding she walk back her plans. These plans will only affect Ugandans instead of making our lives better," Sesange said.
Mapping anti-gay laws in Africa
Sexual Minorities Uganda and a coalition of other groups protest against Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill in front of the Ugandan Mission to the U. The late-November afternoon sun bore down on the park in downtown Kampala, and all along the benches, Ugandan office workers took their siestas. There could have been no less likely setting for criminal conspiracies to topple an East African state.
The panel of five judges unanimously nullified the Anti-Homosexuality Act on grounds that it was passed without the required quorum. The panel of five judges unanimously nullified the Anti-Homosexuality Act on grounds that it was passed without the required quorum in Parliament on 20 December The challenge against the Act, signed by President Yoweri Museveni last February, was brought by human rights activists, journalists, academics, and parliamentarians.