Call for urgent investigation by the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health into health threats posed by Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Call for urgent investigation by the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health into health threats posed by Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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The urgent appeal argues that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill will have a disastrous impact on access to essential health services as well as to accurate public health information and would drive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities further underground—out of fear of massive recrimination and further criminalization. Even discussing the health rights of LGBTI persons would be considered “promotion of homosexuality” and would be criminalized. Professional health workers and counselors would be forced to violate their basic ethical obligations not to discriminate against patients and not to break confidentiality—if information was passed to them about a patient being an LGBTI person.

The organizations noted that the urgent appeal, which was filed on International Human Rights Day, is also linked with Uganda’s “Black Monday” Campaign—a grassroots campaign against the massive theft of public funds in Uganda.