BBC News: Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Homosexuality Law

BBC News: Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Homosexuality Law

{Photo credit: Rui Pires.}Photo credit: Rui Pires.

MSH welcomes the news that Uganda's anti-homesexuality law has been annulled by the country's Constitutional Court. President Yoweri Museveni signed the law into effect in February.

According to BBC News Africa (August 1, 2014):

[The Ugandan Constitutional Court] ruled that the bill was passed by [Members of Parliament] in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for 'aggravated homosexuality' and banned the 'promotion of homosexuality'.

Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.

Read MSH's statement on the anti-homosexuality law (March 3, 2014).

MSH Global Technical Lead on HIV & AIDS, Scott Kellerman, MD, MPH, blogged at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) about the public health–and personal–consequences of criminalizing HIV & AIDS and homosexuality, a disturbing trend in a handful of sub-Saharan African countries.

Read Dr. Kellerman's post, "Calling for a You-Turn for Public Health: Don’t Criminalize Gays, People Living with HIV" (July 23, 2014).