Uganda Court Strikes Down Horrific Law

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission issued the following comments today in response to the court ruling overturning the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda:

IGLHRC Executive Director Jessica Stern said: “The Ugandan Constitutional Court has overturned a dreadful law that raised the level of violence and discrimination against LGBT people and virtually criminalized human rights activism. It is now up to the government to aggressively ensure that all government agencies are informed that the law is no longer in force and ensure that all services – especially those involving health and safety – are provided without equivocation to LGBT people. This was a horrific law, and any remnants of its impact must be purged from Uganda.

Today's sudden and welcome legal ruling gives the Ugandan government a lifeline to a new era. I hope that the authorities will use the ruling to move in a new tolerant direction based on human rights."

Contact:Suzanne Trimel, Communications Director; strimel@iglhrc.org; 212-430-6018