Uganda enacts legislation to restrict LGBT groups

The Parliament of Uganda has passed legislation regulating NGOs that has been criticized by human rights groups. The Non-Governmental Organizations Act was also opposed by civil society organizations in Uganda.

Advocates are particularly concerned about a section of the bill that outlaws organizations from, “any act, which is prejudicial to the interests of Uganda and the dignity of the people of Uganda.” It is possible that this provision would prohibit pro-LGBT organizations from operating in the country. The law could also potentially be used against opposition political groups in the run-up to elections.

The Ugandan public and body politic largely reject the country’s LGBT community.  In the past, legislators have received global attention for attempting to pass a bill that would impose the death penalty for men who had received multiple convictions for taking part in homosexual acts.

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