Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust said:
“I am devastated but not surprised that President Museveni has signed this discriminatory act into law – this new law is part of a rising tide of misinformation, hate speech and violence being directed towards LGBTI+ people across the world.
“I call on the UK Government to take further action to ensure that the rights of human rights defenders on the ground and the communities they represent are protected and to use its influence on the global stage to remind anti-LGBTI+ actors that human rights are indivisible and belong to us all. LGBTI+ people exist in every country and should be protected everywhere. It should never be illegal to be you.
“As mothers of LGBT+ Ugandans wrote in a powerful open letter which was published in Ugandan media: ‘Our children are not outcasts. Our children are not enemies of the state. Our children are Ugandan citizens, just like you and me.’ We stand in solidarity with the LGBTI+ community in Uganda as they bravely continue their fight to be able to lead free, safe and equal lives, and we condemn the adoption of this law.”
On the same day that the Act was signed into law, a coalition of Ugandan LGBT+ activists and human rights defenders filed a legal challenge against the law, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Find out what you can do to stand in solidarity with the LGBTI+ community in Uganda here.