Uganda squirms as pressure mounts to repeal anti-gay law

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02/24/2024

As human rights defenders inside and outside of Uganda await a Constitutional Court ruling on petitions challenging the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 2023, the backers of the cruel law are squirming with discomfort. While international pressure against the law has been building, the regime’s expectations for the law proved unrealistic. After President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last spring, local human rights lawyers teamed up with law makers and human rights activists to challenge it in the Constitutional Court. As that pressure was piling up on the legal front, the World Bank and the U.S government announced targeted international sanctions against the regime.

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