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.
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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.
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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.


Human Rights Defender of the month: Alex Njenga John

Alex Njenga has always believed in egalitarianism both as a principle and as a tool for justice. As a result, he has always been suspicious of, and at times hostile to social prejudices that treat some people as “more equal than others,” – to use a line from George Orwell’s famed political fable, Animal Farm.

Some of the experiences that have shaped his social and political outlook have been personal. As an adolescent in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, Alex was stigmatised and denied healthcare after he identified himself as belonging to Kenya’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) community.