Uganda’s Constitutional Court upholds anti-gay law, dismissing petition | Human Rights Update

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The Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 in Uganda has been widely condemned for imposing extreme penalties, including life in prison for consensual same-sex relations and possible death in cases of ‘aggravated homosexuality’. Despite international outrage, Uganda’s Constitutional Court has rejected a petition to annul the law, stating that while some provisions violate certain rights, they will not block or suspend the law. President Yoweri Museveni’s government has defended the law, accusing Western nations of trying to impose their values on Africa. The law, which has popular support in Uganda, has faced criticism for violating fundamental rights and international human rights law. The World Bank has suspended new loans to Uganda over the law, and there has been ongoing pressure from the West to repeal it. Uganda has a history of intolerance towards homosexuality and has faced backlash from the international community for its laws.

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