Uganda anti-gay law faces court scrutiny for the first time

Jul 30, 2014
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Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists claiming the law is not constitutional

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One of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world has faced court scrutiny for the first time.

Earlier today, the Uganda Constitutional Court’s five judges heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

Uganda anti-gay law faces court scrutiny for the first time

Ugandan human rights and gay rights activists attend a hearing at the constitutional court in Kampala on July 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/Isaac Kasamani)

The petitioners’ central argument heard today was the law passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

The counsel submitted the rules of procedure were violated in the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, despite the fact this concern was raised.

Adrian Jjuuko, a Ugandan human rights lawyer, said: ‘The issue of quorum has the potential to determine the whole case.

‘A funding that the lack of quorum is unconstitutional determines the case.’

The petitioners also believe by regulating the behavior of gay and lesbian Ugandans while not regulating the behavior of heterosexuals, the Act violates article 21 of the constitution.

Article 21 ‘guarantees’ equality and freedom of discrimination.

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