‘Gay or not gay, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is coming for you,’ human rights lawyer warns

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12/04/2023

“Gay or not gay, Uganda’s AHA is coming for you.” That is human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo’s description of the effects of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 (AHA), a law that has been described as draconian by international organizations for its strict crackdown on homosexuality, including stiffer criminal penalties for same-sex intercourse, a prohibition on “promotion” of homosexuality, and an obligation on all people to report LGBT people to the government. Opiyo leads Chapter Four Uganda, a civil liberties organization, which is a leading litigant appealing to the Ugandan Constitutional Court to nullify the AHA. That court has set Dec. 11 to hear four petitions challenging its legality. As The East African reported, the court set the date after the petitioners agreed to consolidate all four petitions and 19 applications that were filed by different individuals and groups.

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