Breakfast meeting: LGBT+ rights in Uganda

Date, time: 19th February, 8.30-9.30

Place: Rafto Foundation for Human Rights (Menneskerettighetenes plass 1, 5007 Bergen)


What does the future hold for members of the LGBT+ community in Uganda?

In Uganda homosexual sex is punishable by life imprisonment. The government is constantly trying to push for new laws to make homosexual acts punishable by death. Last year, the government planned to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality bill to curb the spread of homosexuality in Uganda. Activists took the opportunity to push government officials to back away from supporting any change to the law. Even though the government did not introduce the bill, Uganda is seen as one of the most difficult countries in Africa to be in a sexual minority. Members of the LGBT+ community say they risk physical attacks in their daily life and routinely encounter harassment, as well as facing prejudice over work, housing and health care.

Join our conversation together with Siri Gloppen and Adrian Jjuuko. Siri Gloppen is professor at Universitetet i Bergen and Director at Centre on Law & Social Transformation. Adrian Jjuuko is a Ugandan human rights lawyer, researcher and activist. He will be joining us by Skype. Moderator: Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, Executive Director at the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights.

The 2011 Rafto Prize was awarded to Sexual Minorities Uganda – SMUG and their Executive Director Frank Mugisha. SMUG received the Rafto Prize for its struggle to make fundamental human rights apply to everyone, and to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Free entrance, breakfast will be served.