February 14, 2014, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement in response to reports that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has decided to sign the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law:
President Museveni has said he will sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and, in so doing, place the lives of countless Ugandans at risk. This dangerous legislation had already intensified the climate of hatred and persecution of the LGBTI community in Uganda. LGBTI Ugandans will become second-class citizens and even more vulnerable to violence and abuse. Right wing U.S. evangelical Scott Lively played a major role in the creation of the bill, and we will continue to hold him accountable in U.S. courts on behalf of our clients, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). The international community has a legal and moral obligation to prevent this law from being implemented.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.