Homophobic Attacks on The Rise in Uganda

Uganda is a country where the human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community have been eroded by anti-gay legislation. 

The Uganda constitutional court nullified the Anti-homosexuality Act in August of 2014.

According to Sexual Minorities Uganda  (SMUG) in August 2019, Hon. Simon Lokodo, the Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity revealed in a television interview that his predecessor, Hon Nsaba Buturo, would seek the leave of parliament in the following week to reintroduce the law. This legislation would impose sentences ranging from seven years in prison to death for either being gay or supporting anyone who is. SMUG has issued a call to action by Uganda’s LGBTQI community which include the following requests;

  1. To all Ugandans to reject all forms of discrimination and urge the legislature to use public office and resources to address urgent and pertinent issues affecting the country such as the rampant killings, poverty, youth unemployment, abductions and killings of women among others.
  2. To the Diplomatic corps to raise concerns about discrimination with the government of Uganda and to ensure that their multilateral partnerships protect the rights of all Ugandans regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
  3. To international allies to engage all their capitals to diplomatically engage the government of Uganda to stop any efforts to legislate against sexual and gender minorities.
  4. To the Ugandan duty bearers to ensure security, protection and safety of all Ugandans regardless of gender identity, expression and sexual orientation