HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
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We write in advance of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“the Committee”) pre-sessional review of Uganda to highlight indigenous communities’ rights to cultural life; discriminatory legislation impacting the right to health; the ability of all children to enjoy the right to education; and the impact of corruption across all economic, social, and cultural rights. We hope to see the Committee take up these issues as part of its examination of the Ugandan government’s (“the government”) implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“the Covenant”).
The law has also resulted in reduced access to health services and HIV prevention information for LGBT people. On April 4, police raided the Makerere University Walter Reed Project, a US-funded HIV research and treatment center that provides health information and services to LGBTI people. The police erroneously claimed the center was “recruiting” people into homosexuality. Two community-based organizations that provided HIV testing, condoms, and lubricant to men who have sex with men (MSM) closed their doors after the bill became law. They have reinitiated some services, but no longer receive drop-in clients. TASO, Uganda’s largest HIV/AIDS organization, has suspended its “Moonlight Clinics,” through which it conducted outreach to MSM and other vulnerable groups, offering them HIV testing and education.
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