Yoweri Museveni signs the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
In a statement, the EFF views the signing of the bill as a significant step backwards in promoting democracy, freedom of expression, and freedom of association in Africa.
The law legalizes the persecution of members of the LGBTQI± community by imposing life imprisonment and, in some cases, death sentences for those who engage in same-sex relationships.
The EFF believes that the anti-homosexuality bill, which is based on state-sponsored hate and homophobia, is not rooted in any historical truth or objective reality. The party said the law is a product of outdated attitudes that have been imposed on African societies by Western societies.
The EFF encourages all human rights activists to continue to oppose “these illogical, hateful, and homophobic laws” passed against the LGBTQI± community in Uganda. The party also said the laws are a stepping stone towards the repression of people on the basis of villainizing their identity, and all of Africa must resist hateful ideas seeking to criminalize the identities of people. We present the statement below:
EFF STATEMENT ON THE UGANDAN PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI’S DECISION TO SIGN THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL INTO LAW
Monday, 29 May 2023
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) condemns the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni officially into law, an act which has today officially legalized the persecution of members of the LGBTQI± community.
Museveni, who had returned the bill to the Ugandan Parliament to be revised due to its lack of provision for so-called “rehabilitation” of those engaged in same sex relationships, has now signed the inhumane and draconian legislation into law, a fundamental step backwards in the quest to promote democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of association in Africa.