7 years of delay stymie Ugandan anti-bias lawsuit

9 Jul

Uganda’s Constitutional Court

76 CRIMES

Justice Steven Kavuma of the Ugandan Constitutional Court. Justice Steven Kavuma of the Ugandan Constitutional Court.

Uganda’s Constitutional Court has once again failed to act on a challenge to the law that prevents the country’s Equal Opportunities Commission from fulfilling its responsibility for protecting marginalized people from discrimination.

That law prohibits the commission from acting on behalf of the most marginalized Ugandans, those who behave in ways that the Ugandan majority considers “unacceptable” or “immoral and socially harmful.”  In the Ugandan society of today, LGBTI people are among those most stigmatized minorities.

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On July 8, the Constitutional Court was scheduled to hear the challenge, but it failed to do so — a failure that has continued for seven years. The challenge to the discriminatory provision of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act of 2007 was filed Jan. 5, 2009.

The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), the challengers in the case, issued a press release that…

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