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Ugandan Paper Punished, New Precedent Set toward Gay Rights

Written By: Melanie Abrahams
January 5, 2011

 

While homosexual acts remain illegal in Uganda, that country’s high court has outlawed media outlets from publishing the identities of people they claim are gay. The ruling comes after a horrific slew of outings by a Ugandan newspaper in 2010 which urged for the death of those spotlighted, and led to violence against those named.

“It’s basically set a standard for the media to begin treating us as humans, as part of the community,”  local activist Pepe Julian Onziema told the BBC. The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights in Uganda called it “an important precedent for other countries facing similar issues.”

The decision is extremely unexpected following a series of anti-gay policy pushes in Uganda, including a proposed law that threatened the death penalty for homosexuals.

Get the full story on the ruling from the BBC here.

Read IWHC partner Dorothy Aken’ova’s thoughts on homophobia in Uganda and across Africa here.

Learn about IWHC partner Increse’s work on sexual rights in the conservative country of Nigeria here.

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