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Ugandan court to issue verdict in petition against tough anti-gay law

Uganda‘s Constitutional Court will deliver a landmark verdict on Wednesday in a case challenging anti-gay legislation that is considered among the harshest in the world. The law was adopted in May last year, triggering outrage among rights campaigners, the United Nations and Western powers.

Known as the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023, it imposes penalties of up to life in prison for consensual same-s.e.x relations and contains provisions that make “aggravated homosexuality” an offence punishable by death.

President Yoweri Museveni’s government has struck a defiant tone, with officials accusing the West of trying to pressure Africa into accepting homosexuality. The Constitutional Court in Kampala will issue its verdict from 10 am (0700 GMT) on Wednesday, deputy registrar Susanne Okeny Anyala announced on Tuesday.

The court challenge was brought by two law professors from Makerere University in Kampala, legislators from the ruling party and human rights activists seeking to overturn the law. They say it violates fundamental rights guaranteed by Uganda’s constitution, including freedom from discrimination and the right to privacy.

The petitioners also say it contravenes Uganda’s commitments under international human rights law, including the United Nations convention against torture.

In issuing its long-awaited verdict, the court will also determine whether the law was passed after sufficient consultation with Ugandan citizens, as required by the constitution.

Source: eNCA

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