Ugandan activists challenge anti-gay law in court

The petitioners argue the law violates the constitutional right to privacy and dignity, as well as the right to be free from discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment/FILE

The petitioners argue the law violates the constitutional right to privacy and dignity, as well as the right to be free from discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment/FILE

KAMPALA, Mar 11 – Ugandan gay rights activists and politicians filed a challenge in court Tuesday to a tough new anti-gay law that has sparked international outrage and led to cuts in foreign aid.

“I believe it (the law) to be harmful, redundant, unnecessary, and inconsistent with the constitution,” said Fox Odoi an MP and one of the nine petitioners who submitted their appeal at Uganda’s constitutional court.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni last month signed a bill that calls for “repeat homosexuals” to be jailed for life, outlaws any promotion of homosexuality and requires people to report homosexuals.

The adoption of the bill was largely a popular move in conservative Uganda, where Museveni – a devout Christian who has been in power for 28 years – looks set to be re-elected in 2016. READ: Ugandan president signs anti-gay bill into law.

But the petitioners argue the law violates the constitutional right to privacy and dignity, as well as the right to be free from discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

“This act not only represents an effort by the executive and parliament to scapegoat an unpopular minority for political gain, but we believe it also violates the highest law of our country,” said Andrew Mwenda, a journalist and one of the petitioners.

The activists are led by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which includes 50 Ugandan groups.

It said in a statement there had been several cases of “violence and retaliation” against known or suspected gays since the law was signed.

The coalition said it had documented 10 arrests of known or suspected gays, and at least three cases of landlords evicting tenants.

The petition also requested a permanent injunction against media outlets identifying gay or suspected gay people, after newspapers listed people they said were homosexuals.

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  • Njonjo Ndehi

    Gays are now campaigning for the right to have sex with children. Search for “Empowering pedophiles” and read the New York Post article that will come up. Then search for “Paedophilia: bringing dark desires to light” and read The Guardian article that will come up. Finally search for “80 percent of victims since 1950 were male” and read the Boston Globe article on child rape by gays. There’s no man who can’t be sexually aroused by women. So gays should stop trying to have their filthy and fatal behaviour legalized. Using Kenya government data, I’ve calculated that Kenyan gay men are 125 times more likely than Kenyan heterosexual men to catch HIV. 33/0.01/(67*4.4/(4.4+6.9)/0.99)=125.23. Saying that Kenyan heterosexuals have more HIV cases than Kenyan gays simply betrays a complete ignorance of high school probability theory. Kenyan roads are 109 times deadlier than US roads yet US has more road fatalities by far. The rampant homosexuality in prisons is proof that there’s no gay gene. Saying that those opposed to this filthy and deadly lifestyle are closet cases is as nonsensical as saying that those opposed to murder and rape are closet murderers and rapists. Uhuru should follow in Museveni’s footsteps considering that western countries have “criminalized love” by banning polygamy between consenting adults and Africans aren’t complaining. Africans lie with impunity that they’re gay, or live in a malaria zone, or have witnessed a war crime just to get western cash.

  • Honest Kenyan

    These are mere mercenaries, paid by their degenerate western pervert sponsors. There is no right to be allowed to commit crimes.