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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/28/63/Add.1, 4 March 2015: Uganda

76. JAL 04/02/2014 Case no: UGA 1/2014 State reply: 21/02/2014

Alleged passing by Parliament of a revised version of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2009, now referred to as the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2013, on 20 December 2013.


79. The Special Rapporteur is pleased that the Anti-Homosexuality Act was annulled by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that the Parliament lacked a quorum when it was passed. However, he reiterates his concern that the Act had been passed by Parliament which, as the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated, would institutionalise discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people and could encourage harassment and violence against them. The Act also criminalised the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, which would have a detrimental impact on healthcare providers and Ugandan and international organizations advocating on human rights issues. In this regard, the Special Rapporteur remains concerned about severe discrimination that is still faced by LGBTI people in Uganda.

Link to full text of the report: Report-SRHRD-Communications and replies-2015-eng-fra-esp

Link to Special Rapporteur’s correspondence with the State: Correspondence-SR-Uganda-1-2014-eng

Link to the State’s reply: Correspondence-SR-Uganda-reply-1-2014-eng