Uganda strikes down anti-gay law

Judges rule Anti-Homosexuality Act unlawful

 London, UK – 1 August 2014


Commenting on the decision of Ugandan judges in the constitutional court that the Anti-Homosexuality Act is unlawful because it was passed by parliament without a quorum, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said:

“This is a major victory for gay campaigners and their straight allies in Uganda. They fought this law and won, against all odds. Congratulations to the Ugandan gay and straight civil society coalition that brought this legal challenge.

“Human rights and the rule of law have prevailed against a homophobic, tyrannical parliament and president.

“The judges have shown commendable independence and integrity by upholding the law, despite majority government and public support for anti-gay legislation.

“It demonstrates that President Museveni may have nobbled many judges but not these ones,” said Mr Tatchell.