Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa has adjourned the hearing of a case where Sexual Minorities Uganda-SMUG is suing Uganda Registration Services Bureau-URSB for refusal to reserve the name Sexual Minorities Uganda-SMUG to 28th April 2017. The Judge said she was overwhelmed with writing Judgments and was unable to proceed.
On 17th February 2017 Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa adjourned the case to today 24th March 2017 at 11:00AM because URSB was not represented in court, this time round however all the lawyers and all the applicants were present in Court.
In 2016 President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that has imposed harsh restrictions on organizations working with people considered to be social outcasts, including LGBTI people. According to Adrian Jjuuko the Executive Director Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum -HRAPF the law allows for refusal of registration of an organization on the basis that its objectives are “in contravention of the law.”
The Uganda Registration Services Bureau –URSB refused to register Sexual Minorities Uganda on the basis that its name and objectives showed a connection to work among people whose conduct is criminalized.