Statement by the Government of Uganda on the Anti Homosexuality Act, 2014
KAMPALA - Following a democratic Parliamentary process, the Government of the Republic of Uganda enacted the Anti Homosexuality Act on 24th February this year, with a view to curbing open promotion of homosexuality, especially among children and other vulnerable groups.
However, its enactment has been misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of a "homosexual orientation", especially by our development partners.
The Government of the Republic of Uganda reaffirms that no activities of individuals, groups, companies or organisations will be affected by the Act. The intention of the Act is to stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices.
This is also to reaffirm that the Government of Uganda:
- remains committed to the protection of the rights of all individuals on the territory of Uganda and to ensure that nobody takes the law into their hands;
- remains committed to guarantee full access to social services, including health and HIV/AIDSservices, for all persons in Uganda without discrimination;
- will continue to guarantee equal treatment of all persons on the territory of Uganda, and respect the constitutional provisions on the right to privacy;