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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/25/55/Add.3, 28 February 2014: Uganda

433. JAL 21/02/2013 Case no: UGA 6/2012 State reply: none to date

Allegations that the draft “anti-homosexuality legislation” in Uganda would criminalise “any form of homosexual” act or “attempt to commit a homosexual act, including consensual sex between same-sex individuals”.


435. The Special Rapporteur deeply regrets the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on 24 February 2014. She is concerned that this Act will prevent human rights defenders and activists defending the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, to peacefully advocate for dissenting views and exercise their legitimate rights. She also fears that the Act might trigger attacks against and have an intimidating effect on individuals and associations working on issues related to the rights of LGBT persons, including among others those who advocate for human rights for all without discrimination, those who work on preventing the transmission of HIV and those who provide psychosocial support to LGBT people.

Link to full text of the report: Report-SRHRD-Communications and replies-2014-eng-fra-esp

Link to Special Rapporteur’s correspondence with the State: Correspondence-SR-Uganda-6-2012-eng