The Law Society of Upper Canada voices its grave concern over the threat to the security of lawyers seeking to challenge Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, passed by the Parliament in 2013 and signed into law in February 2014. Ugandan and international human rights lawyers working with Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community and non-governmental organizations are looking to challenge the constitutionality of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. While the Bill’s provisions criminalize homosexuality, it also prohibits Uganda’s Parliament from ratifying any international treaties, conventions, protocols, agreements and declarations that are contrary or inconsistent with the provisions of the Bill. This means that the international safeguards currently protecting lawyers may not shield those working on this issue from prosecution and harassment.
Letter to the President of the Republic of Uganda