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THE RULING OF UGANDA'S CONSTITUTIONAL COURT UPHOLDING THE ANTI HOMOSEXUALITY ACT 2024


Ugandan human rights defenders and activists filed a challenge to the legislation and a ruling was handed down on April 3, 2024. The Petitioners against the law included activists, including renowned human rights defender, Frank Mugisha, and a lawmaker who petitioned the Constitutional Court to strike the law down, saying it violated their constitutional rights.


They had charged that the legislation violated fundamental rights guaranteed by Uganda's constitution, including freedom from discrimination and the right to privacy.


The petitioners also said it contravened Uganda's commitments under international human rights law, including the United Nations convention against torture.


The ruling upheld most of the legislation: "We decline to nullify the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 in its entirety, neither will we grant a permanent injunction against its enforcement," via lead judge Richard Buteera, reading the judgment on behalf of his four colleagues.




HERE IS THE JUDGEMENT OF THE COURT:


UG RULE 2024 consolidated petition 141516 and 85 of 2023001_compressed
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