Uganda's "Jail The Gays" Law Is Challenged In Constitutional Court

A coalition of human rights/LGBT activists and opposition politicians have taken Uganda's "Jail The Gays" law to Constitutional Court. Activist Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda, trans activist Julian Pepe Onziema, former Ugandan opposition leader Ogenga Latigo, and Member of Parliament Fox Odoi are some of the names included as petitioners of the law signed in by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on February 24.

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The suit argues that the law violates the right to equality before the law under the Ugandan constitution, as well as the right to privacy, freedom of expression, and association. It also notes that parliament lacked a quorum when it voted in favor of the bill on December 20.

LGBT rights advocates have won victories in Uganda’s courts in the past. In 2010, a Ugandan court ordered the newspaper Rolling Stone to pay hundreds of dollars in damages to the late activist David Kato and others after it published their names and photos in an issue outing LGBT Ugandans. Kato was beaten to death a few months later.