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Expanded Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative

Expanded Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative

This report is a response to the misconceptions about homosexuality presented in the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2013. It contains questions based on these misconceptions and subsequent factual answers, primarily in a Ugandan and wider African context. Furthermore, political and legislative recommendations are provided in an effort to address the actual causes and risk factors for the issues that are blamed on homosexuality.

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STATEMENT ON PASSING OF SEXUAL OFFENCES BILL, 2019

STATEMENT ON PASSING OF SEXUAL OFFENCES BILL, 2019

The Uganda Parliament last night passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2019. The initial object of this Bill is to enact specific laws on sexual offences for the effectual prevention of sexual violence; to enhance punishment of sexual offenders; to provide for the protection of victims during sexual offences trials; to provide for the extraterritorial application of the law; to repeal some provisions of the Penal Code Act. On paper, the Bill resembles the ideal law to counter the ever-increasing cases of sexual violence that many Ugandans of all gender identities face, as documented by the |Uganda Police.

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), as the network organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer organizations in Uganda, is particularly concerned about clause 11(I), which further criminalizes same-sex sexual acts even as the Uganda |Penal Code Act already does, hence criminalizing the private lives of adult and consenting same-sex loving persons. The clause criminalizes and bans the penetration of another person's anus with that other person's sexual organ or with any object; and (ii)sexual acts between persons of the same gender.

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Sexual Offences Bill Analysis, An LGBTI+ Perspective

Sexual Offences Bill Analysis, An LGBTI+ Perspective

Clause 11 of the Bill prohibits sexual acts “contrary to the order of nature”, defining such to include anal sex, using objects for penetration, and sexual acts between persons of the same gender.

The offence, titled “Unnatural Offences”, is an expansion of section 145 of the Penal Code Act, which is widely cited and used to criminalise LGBTI+ persons in Uganda.

The criminalisation of sexual acts between consenting adults who are of the same sex clearly targets LGBTI+ persons. The effect is that LGBTI+ persons, who are already marginalised due to homophobic societal attitudes, are further discriminated against by the law.

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Sexual Offences Bill, 2019- Fact Sheet

Sexual Offences Bill, 2019- Fact Sheet

What you should know about the Sexual Offences Bill

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