UGANDA'S ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY ACT CHALLENGED BEFORE THE EAST AFRICAN COURT OF JUSTICE
02 MAY 2014 / By INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMISSION - IGLHRC
IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this press release from Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.
(KAMPALA) Represented by the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CSCHRCL) on 23rd April 2014 filed a reference before the East African Court of Justice contending that Uganda is in violation of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community by enacting the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014, certain provisions of which are inconsistent with the obligations laid down by the treaty. HRAPF is a human rights organisation working to achieve equality, non-discrimination and equal access to justice for marginalised groups in Uganda.
The Reference argues that certain provisions of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, Act 4 of 2014 are in violation of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community in Articles 6(d), 7(2) and 8(1)(c) which enjoins partner states to govern their populace according to the principles of good governance, democracy, the Rule of Law, social justice and the maintenance of universally accepted standards of human rights which include inter alia, provision of equal opportunities and gender equality as well as the recognition, promotion and protection of human and peoples rights in accordance with the provisions of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
According to the HRAPF Executive Director, Adrian Jjuuko, “Since the Act became law on 10th March 2014, human rights violations against LGBTI persons have been recorded including arrests, cases of mob justice, and raids on offices, all of which violate the human rights guaranteed in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and other international instruments. This goes against the obligations imposed upon partner states of the East African Community to maintain universally-accepted standards of human rights.