The Human Dignity Trust takes a keen interest in new legislation that will persecute Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people around the globe.
Below are explanatory notes we have drafted for background information on recently passed anti-gay laws.
N.B. These notes are for information. Click here for more information about the Trust's own litigation.
- On 24 February 2014, President Yoweri Museveni signed his assent to the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 [pdf] which promised to further tyrannise the lives of the Ugandan lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities.
- After the Ugandan courts suspended the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) on a technical ground, the persecution of the Ugandan LGBT community continues through a new Bill introduced in October 2014, the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill, 2014 [pdf] (USP Bill). The language of the new Bill is less sensational than the AHA but it is equally draconian. This Bill expressly criminalises the non-sexual conduct of LGBT people and criminalise those who provide services to them. It may also render many LGBT people homeless. The breadth of the USP Bill and the chilling effect that it will have on LGBT and non-LGBT alike can be illustrated by our note that references a fictitious gay couple, Adam and Stephen [pdf].
- The Non-Governmental Organisations Bill 2015 [pdf] was passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 26 November 2015 and will be enacted if and when President Museveni assents to it. See our note [pdf] explaining how the Bill, if passed, is likely to severely restrict the activities of NGOs, and in particular those who work in support of LGBT rights. Earlier, on 10 April 2015 the Non-Governmental Organisations Bill 2015 [pdf] was published in the Uganda Gazette (see our earlier briefing based on the this version).
Nigeria: On 7 January 2014, President Jonathan Goodluck signed his assent to the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act [pdf]. It seeks to prohibit not only same-sex marriage or civil unions but also the registration, activities and funding of any ‘gay’ organisations.
Russian Federation: On 29 June 2013, amendments to the federal law ‘On the Protection of Children From Information Liable to be Injurious to their Health and Development’ [pdf] were signed into force by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. Russian federal law now prohibits any form of expression of homosexuality (referred to as ‘non-traditional sexual values’ and ‘information promoting non-traditional sexual relations’) to minors. Click the links to download the Human Dignity Trust's English translation of the bill introducing the amendments [pdf] and the concerned explanatory note [pdf].
The Gambia: On 9 October 2014, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh signed his assent to the Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2014 [pdf], passed by the Gambian Parliament on 25 August 2014. The Act [pdf] further criminalises the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Gambia.