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Case dropped against first Ugandans arrested under anti-gay bill

Case dropped against first Ugandans arrested under anti-gay bill

Vox has the good news:

The Chief Magistrates Court in Uganda has dismissed charges against Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa, two LGBT Ugandans charged with engaging in homosexual sex acts.

Mukasa, a 19-year-old trans woman, and Mukisa, a 24-year-old gay man, were arrested earlier this year for violating section 145 of Uganda’s Penal Code Act of 1950, which criminalizes sex “against the order of nature.” This was the first time anyone in Uganda had stood trial for this “crime” since the country’s Anti Homosexuality Bill was signed into law in February.

In August, the law was nullified on a technicality, but some human rights activists are concerned that not all Ugandan lawmakers have given up on its implementation.


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