'Law Misused to Harrass Members of the LGBTQ Community in Uganda'

TrialWatch, a Clooney Foundation for Justice initiative report that has been monitoring, through the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, criminal proceedings against 67 individuals arrested at a bar in Uganda in November 2019, has found that the country misuses the Common Nuisanse Law, to harrass members of the LGBTQ community. Ram Bar was known as one of the only safe spaces for the LGBTQ community in Uganda. The defendants, who were among a larger group of 125 individuals, were arrested and charged with common nuisance. The TrialWatch Fairness Report has found that the accused were targeted for their perceived sexual orientation. One magistrate evinced clear bias, asking if the case before her "was for the gay people misusing their bums." Months into two of the five cases, the prosecution surprised the defense with allegations of same-sex activity, seemingly unrelated to the nuisance charge.

Documents

  • Uganda:   Stop Police Harassment of LGBT People

    HRW, 17 November 2019

    The Ugandan authorities should drop charges against dozens of people arrested over the last month in Kampala, the capital, on the basis of their presumed sexual orientation or… Read more »

  • Uganda:   Court Charges 67 After Raid On Gay Bar

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, 12 November 2019

    LGBT+ rights campaigners in Uganda have expressed concerns about a spate of attacks after a minister proposed introducing the death penalty for gay sex last month Read more »

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