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Uganda rights activists challenge anti-gay law in court
March 11, 2014
A group of Uganda rights activists on Tuesday petitioned the country's Constitutional Court to overturn a recent law criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month, which imposes life sentences for those convicted of....... [more]

Uganda president signs anti-gay bill into law
February 24, 2014
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. Reports indicate that first-time offenders will face up to 14 years in prison, while those charged with "aggravated homosexuality" will face life in prison. The law....... [more]

UNAIDS condemns Uganda anti-gay legislation
February 19, 2014
UNAIDS, the UN agency tasked with overseeing the global response to HIV/AIDS, on Tuesday condemned Uganda's anti-gay legislation, which President Yoweri Musevni has pledged to sign into law. Though homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda, the new law imposes harsher penalties, including....... [more]

HRW: African nations should investigate the use of cluster bombs in South Sudan
February 16, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts in the....... [more]

Uganda president to sign anti-gay law
February 15, 2014
A spokesperson for the Ugandan government, Ofwono Opondo, said in a tweet Friday that President Yoweri Museveni will sign an anti-gay law that provides for life imprisonment for homosexuals. Homosexuality has long been illegal in Uganda, and the bill was introduced to inflict harsher penalties for t....... [more]

HRW urges Uganda mining companies to respect indigenous rights
February 3, 2014
The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by engagin....... [more]

Uganda president refuses to sign anti-gay legislation
January 17, 2014
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni refused to sign a bill proposed by the nation's Parliament that would toughen punishments for homosexuals in Uganda. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced in 2009 and the Ugandan Parliament passed the bill last month. Homosexuality has long been illegal in Uga....... [more]

UN rights chief urges cross-border cooperation in Africa Great Lakes region
January 16, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged attendees of the fifth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to "ensure that people suspected of committing international crimes and serious human rights....... [more]

UNMISS partially evacuates staff from South Sudan
December 22, 2013
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) announced Sunday that it has begun relocating all non-critical staff from Juba, the capital city, amid the escalating violence between military factions in South Sudan. UNMISS is moving its staff from Juba to Entebbe, Uganda, as a precautionary measure to reduc....... [more]

Uganda parliament passes anti-gay legislation
December 20, 2013
The Ugandan Parliament announced on Friday the passing of the anti-gay bill that, if signed by President Yoweri Museveni in the next 30 days, will criminalize homosexuality and impose harsh jail terms for same-sex relationships. The bill stipulates a fourteen-year jail term for one convicted of homo....... [more]

Uganda war crimes suspect reportedly negotiating surrender with Central African Republic
November 22, 2013
The Central African Republic (CAR) government on Thursday said that accused war criminal Joseph Kony has been speaking with CAR President Michel Djotodia about negotiating a surrender. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for 12 counts of crimes against humanity and 21 war crimes....... [more]


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