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 works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, the Center for Constitutional Rights has taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach. Learn more at ccrjustice.org.