Uganda OKs bill that allows repression of activist groups

More on the repressive bill in Uganda…

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Entranceway to Uganda's parliament building. (Photo courtesy of The New Civil Rights Movement) Entranceway to Uganda’s parliament building. (Photo courtesy of The New Civil Rights Movement)

The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill late Nov. 26 that would give the government broad powers to disband any nongovernmental organization that it considered contrary to the public interest or “contrary to the dignity of the people of Uganda.”

Leaders of any organization operating without government approval could be imprisoned for up to eight years, according to the original text of the bill.

The specific language of the bill, as passed, was not immediately available, but its original text was condemned by a wide range of organizations, including groups seeking recognition of the human rights of LGBTI Ugandans.

Kikonyogo Kivumbi (Photo courtesy of the Global Fund) Kikonyogo Kivumbi (Photo courtesy of the Global Fund)

Kikonyogo Kivumbi, an elected representative of Ugandan sexual minorities who are at high risk of HIV, said in August, “If passed in its current form, we have a founded fear…

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