HDSA is appalled by the enactment of anti-gay legislation by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on 24 February 2014. Following the disturbing trend of rising homophobia across the African continent driven, in part, by fundamentalist strains of Christianity and Islam, 'first time homosexual' offenders can now be subjected to a prison sentence of 14 years in Ugandan territory. It is now also illegal to 'promote and acknowledge' homosexuality, with 'repeat offenders' of the crime at risk of being subjected life sentences.
HDSA applauds the immediate condemnation of this law from the United States, Britain and other nations. We call on the South African government to follow suit and condemn this development explicitly. Uganda's anti-gay laws are in clear violation of the basic right to freedom from discrimination. HDSA hopes that, with international solidarity, President Museveni's government will be forced to reconsider this retrogressive step.