Ugandan court backs government’s refusal to register LGBT organisation

KAMPALA, March 12 (Reuters) – A Ugandan court on Tuesday dismissed a petition by an LGBT advocacy group seeking to compel the government to register it, a lawyer for the petitioner said. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) first filed the suit in the country’s high court in 2015 after the government’s registrar of companies refused to list it – which would allow the organisation to operate legally – saying its name was “undesirable”. It also said at the time the organisation promoted the interests of people whose lifestyles were criminalised by Ugandan laws. In 2022, the Ugandan government suspended SMUG’s operations because it was not officially registered.
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