New Uganda NGO bill: Better, but still bad for LGBTI groups

A bill is modified to make the consequences a little less severe for NGOs.

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Some LGBTI rights activists in Uganda fear the worst from the newly passed NGO Bill, which still would need a presidential signature before becoming law.

For them, it is a back-door reintroduction of last year’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was overturned by the Ugandan Constitutional Court in August 2014. Those activists predict that, in effect, a NGO Law would be used to ban all forms of LGBTI organizing by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the basis that such activities would “offend the dignity of the people of Uganda.”

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)

For the Ugandan legal analysts at the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), the bill as passed is flawed; it would allow violations of Ugandans’ rights to freedom of conscience, expression, movement, assembly and association, they say. But the bill as passed is also an improvement over…

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