December 2018

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SEXUAL OFFENCES BILL 2015 PETITION: AN ANALYSIS OF ITS EFFECT ON FEMALE SEX WORKERS, LESBIANS, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER WOMEN AND OTHER MARGINALIZED GROUPS OF PEOPLE IN UGANDA

The continued criminalization of same-sex relations, sex work among others is contradictory with the attempts to end sexual violence in Uganda. The law needs to take into the account of the reality of all Ugandans. Basing a new law on old draconian laws is both exclusionary and goes against progressive human rights trends that focus on consent and agency in regards to sexuality.

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OGERA UGANDA HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE IN OBSERVANCE OF INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS

“You have seen them over the news and social media platforms. They have been arrested, paraded, undressed and publicly shamed. Many police officers use narcotics, drugs and excessive alcohol that influence them to force sex workers into unprotected sex. Such risks escalate the prevalence of HIV within our sex work community.”

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LGBTQI REFUGEES IN KAKUMA MARCH TO UNHCR OFFICES, VIOLENCE ENSUES

A violent altercation occurred during the march and several refugees were attacked. It is unclear at this point whether the attacks were from police or civilians (or both), or what provoked the violence. One refugee (who would prefer to remain anonymous due to detainment) stated that local police were first to take aggressive action against the marchers and members of the community then joined the attacks.