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Uganda: Human Rights Day Statement by Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law

To celebrate Human Rights Day the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law has published a statement today in the New Vision and the East African newspapers, emphasising the incompatibility of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill with the core values of Uganda. The Coalition is a broad group of over 45 member organizations – including the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project – that are opposed to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. In the statement, the Coalition recalls that human rights are for all and that the Bill undermines Uganda’s standing as a country grounded in a strong constitution and thriving on the rule of law, and where leaders protect, listen and represent each and every citizen’s issues without stigmatization and prejudice. Please see the full text of the Coalition statement (pdf) and an interview (pdf) introducing the Coalition (also published in the New Vision on 10th December 2012) for more details.

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