Uganda strikes down anti-gay law; attorney general seeks appeal

Uganda has struck down its anti-gay law, but the attorney general is seeking an appeal. (x)

Uganda has struck down its anti-gay law, but the attorney general is seeking an appeal. (x)

The Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) in Uganda was annulled by Uganda’s Constitutional Court on procedural grounds.

The ruling found that the text had been passed by Members of Parliament (MPs) without the requisite quorum. It was passed in Parliament without the necessary number of legislators, so the judges ruled that the process violated the Constitution. The law was declared null and void by a unanimous Court of five members on August 1.

“Ugandan authorities must now guarantee the effective protection of all persons against discrimination and violence, regardless of their sexual orientation, and investigate and prosecute human rights violations suffered by LGBTI persons since the passing of the law in Parliament last December,” said FIDH President, Karim Lahidji.

Despite the good news, the attorney general of Uganda has filed a notice that he will appeal the ruling. This news comes from Nicholas Opiyo, who shared the update via Twitter. It is said that this might dampen the mood at the pride event in Kampala prepared by Ugandan LGBT activists on Saturday.

In Uganda, same-sex relations remain illegal and are punishable by imprisonment under existing legislation. The AHA was passed by the Ugandan Parliament on December 20, 2013 and President Museveni signed it into law on February 24, 2014.

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