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Monday, 04 August 2014 16:28

Victory: The Constitutional Court Of Uganda Repealed The Law Sentencing Homosexuality To Life Imprisonment

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I never thought I would declare it this year but victory in Uganda!!!

It is true that we were not a lot to believe that the attempt to repeal the anti-gay law, which sentences of life imprisonment any person with same-sex relationships, would work. Not that we had lost hope. We just thought at Lezbelib that nothing could stop it this year. But this group of 10 petitioners including academics, journalists, both ruling party and opposition MPs, human rights activists and rights groups have had the good sense to come together and bring the case to the Constitutional Court.

Friday, the five judges therefore declared that the speaker of parliament acted illegally when she allowed a vote on the measure despite at least three objections that not enough MPs were in attendance, as reported The Guardian.

Nevertheless, homosexuality is still illegal because of the previous laws. The “promotion of homosexuality” or same-sex relationships are no longer sentenced to life imprisonment.

However, the government could appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Sarah Jackson, deputy regional director of Amnesty International, said: "Even though Uganda's abominable anti-homosexuality act was scrapped on the basis of a technicality, it is a significant victory for Ugandan activists who have campaigned against this law.

"Since it was first being floated in 2009, these activists have often put their safety on the line to ensure that Ugandan law upholds human rights principles.

"We now hope that this step forward translates into real improvements in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Uganda, who have been trapped in a vicious circle of discrimination, threats, abuse and injustice for too long."


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