Uganda Report of Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation

Published: November 21, 2014

Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum
Original Article:  bit.ly/1qJAakw

The impetus behind the Uganda Report on Violations Based on Sex Determination,
Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation is the conviction that no violation of
rights or dignity based upon an individual’s actual or perceived sex, gender
identity, and sexual orientation should go undocumented or unacknowledged.
The collective experiences of violations of LGBTI Ugandans that form the basis
of this report will be used to educate the public, religious leaders, civil society,
and the international community, as well as to inform policies and policy makers
in Uganda of the pervasiveness and the consequences of discrimination faced by
LGBTI Ugandans.

Another driving force behind the publication of this report is the need to respond
to a series of false, misleading, or unsubstantiated reports of violations related
to sex determination, gender identity, or sexual orientation that have surfaced
and circulated in Uganda in recent years. The possible consequences of false or
shoddy reporting on rights violations are a serious concern in that they run the
risk of undermining the credibility of LGBTI rights organisations as well as that
of the victims themselves. By setting stringent evidentiary standards, and by
erring on the side of caution when considering cases for inclusion in this report,
the research team has been able to demonstrate conclusively that human rights
violations against sexual minority groups are in fact taking place in Uganda.

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