The Criminalization and Systematic Discrimination against Sexual Minorities in Uganda
**For Immediate Release**
Uganda’s HIV/AIDS Policy Systematically Abuses Human Rights
Contact: Sexual Minorities Uganda – Kampala, Uganda
Kampala – The plight of Ugandan sexual minorities continues as one of the worst and most hidden human rights abuses in East Africa. Facing this gross injustice, Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG) is filing a human rights complaint to expose abuses in HIV/AIDS policy that intentionally and disproportionately kill Ugandan homosexuals.
The government of Uganda disallows appropriate HIV/AIDS treatment and counseling for gays and lesbians because of their sexual preferences. This denial of health service indisputably harms these people, resulting in unsafe sexual practices and unmitigated HIV rates that may disproportionately exceed those of heterosexuals. This heinous discrimination egregiously violates:
The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
The government of Uganda pledged to uphold the principles of each of these documents or agreements, but in the case of HIV/AIDS, it does not.
In addition, the government-sponsored violation and criminalization of homosexuality (Section 145 of the penal code) tie the hands of powerful and effective HIV/AIDS organizations in Uganda who are genuinely interested in protecting and informing all Ugandans of their HIV/AIDS risks.
The Uganda Human Rights Commission, who has previously refused to hear cases concerning homosexuality, may be contacted at:
UHRC Headquarters – Kampala, Uganda