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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT IN COMMEMORATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY-2024; ADDRESSING THE FEMICIDE OF SEX WORKERS IN UGANDA

This year’s International Women’s Day theme “Invest in women: Accelerate progress’ resonates deeply with our work and mission at both UNESO and UBUNTU. Women cannot achieve progress at any rate let alone an accelerated rate unless they can live violence-free lives. Women in Uganda are being massacred and living under a constant threat of femicide, an extreme manifestation of violence against women. The picture is particularly grim for marginalised communities including sex workers and sexual and gender minorities who face intersecting and multiple vulnerabilities, inequalities, and criminalisation.
According to the police annual crime report 2022, a total of 17,698 country-wide Gender Based Violence cases with related murders were reported for women. The Demographic and Health Survey 2016, indicates that women are more than twice as likely to experience violence as opposed to their male counterparts.

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Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Commemorates Two Decades Of Resilience.

The decision to suspend SMUG’s operations was not only a blatant violation of freedom of association but also a grave injustice against LGBTQ+ individuals who rely on the organization for advocacy, protection, and solidarity. It sent a chilling message of intolerance and hostility towards sexual and gender minorities, further marginalizing already vulnerable communities.
Despite facing adversity, SMUG has refused to be silenced. In the face of repression, the organization has continued to resist, adapt, and innovate. Through online platforms, grassroots activism, and international solidarity networks, SMUG has persevered in its mission to advance LGBTQ+ rights and amplify the voices of those who are often silenced.

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A Champion of Human Rights: A Conversation with Hillary Taylor S. the recipient of the 2024 David Kato Award.

“It’s not just a personal recognition; it’s a recognition of the collective efforts of all those who believe in the inherent dignity and rights of every individual,” Hillary expressed, his eyes reflecting a profound sense of purpose. “The award, named after David Kato, is a reminder that our work is not in isolation but part of a larger movement striving for justice, equality, and respect for human rights.”

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Are Human Rights Across The African Continent Falling Like Dominoes-A Case of Ghana.

Uganda, still grappling with the effects of the Anti Homosexuality Act, 2023 that was passed over 250 days ago. We have witnessed first hand what anti rights legislation can do to marginalized communities from physical attacks to homelessness to unemployment and so on.
The passing of a similar law in Ghana could serve as a catalyst for regressive forces within the rest of Africa, igniting debates on the criminalisation of consensual adult same-sex relationships in other countries.

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Pro Tips for Safe Online Interactions: A Cautionary Guide from Kuchu Times Media Group

In the midst of these challenges, Grindr has emerged as a crucial space for the LGBTQ community to connect, find support, and seek relationships. However, recent reports of homophobes infiltrating this safe space by creating fake accounts have raised alarm. It is essential to acknowledge that Grindr remains a vital platform for queer individuals to express themselves, find companionship, and build relationships. The focus should not be on abandoning this space but on navigating it more wisely.

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Religious Homophobia in Uganda Explored in a Research Report by Women of Faith in Action and Faithful Catholic Souls.

In a groundbreaking study, researchers from Women of Faith in Action and Faithful Catholic Souls, with support from UHAI-EASHRI, have delved into the pervasive religious homophobia faced by Uganda’s LGBTQ community. The report sheds light on the intricate conflicts that arise when individuals identifying as LGBTIQ navigate the intersection of their sexual identity with deeply ingrained religious beliefs.
The research report not only uncovers the insidious role of religion in perpetuating homophobia but also emphasizes the urgent need for accountability.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

The United States stands by the Ugandan people and remains committed to working together to advance democracy, human rights, public health, and mutual prosperity. I once again strongly encourage the Government of Uganda to make concerted efforts to uphold democracy and to respect and protect human rights so that we may sustain the decades-long partnership between our countries that has benefited Americans and Ugandans alike.

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STATEMENT ON WORLD AIDS DAY 2023; LET COMMUNITIES LEAD

Section 14 of the Anti Homosexuality Act 2023 states that, “a person who is otherwise prevented by privilege from making a report under sub section (I) shall be immune from any action arising from the disclosure of the information without consent or waiver of privilege first being obtained or had,” This statement speaks directly to doctor-patient privilege making the walls to health access higher. The Ministry of Health could argue that they released a statement instructing medical practitioners to not discriminate but since when do statements hold weight over laws? The only solution to this inequality is to repeal the draconian law altogether.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 28th November 2023 Update on Legal Proceedings of the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda.

Today, the legal battle challenging the constitutionality of Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 took a significant step forward before His Lordship Justice Kiryabwire at the constitutional court in Kampala. CFE legal representatives alongside others appeared for case conferencing on all 4 petitions (i.e. 14,15,16 and 85 to agree on facts and issues.