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UKPC Statement on Proposed Criminalization of Gay Activities in Uganda

Kampala. February 13th:

 The Uganda Key Population Consortium (UKPC) is deeply concerned about the leaked report from the Ugandan government proposing to criminalize activities related to the LGBT community. The proposed law would make it illegal to promote or exhibit homosexuality, and individuals who engage in such activities could face up to five years in prison.

As an organization that represents and advocates for the rights of key populations, we believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Criminalizing homosexuality or any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation is a violation of fundamental human rights and can have serious negative consequences on the mental health and well-being of individuals who identify as LGBT.

Furthermore, the proposed law could have a devastating impact on the progress made in promoting HIV prevention, treatment, and care for key populations. Criminalizing activities related to the LGBT community would drive people further underground, making it more difficult to access essential health services, and could lead to increased stigma and discrimination.

Richard Lusimbo, the Director General of the Uganda Key Populations Consortium, stated that “The proposed law is not only discriminatory, but it will also set back the progress that we have made in promoting the health and human rights of key populations in Uganda.” We call on the Ugandan government to respect the human rights of all individuals, including those who identify as LGBT, and to work towards creating a safe and inclusive environment for all people.


The UKPC was formed to bring together representatives of Key Populations (KPs) to collectively define and advocate for issues of common concern, including response to shrinking resources and space for key population-led organizations. The UKPC serves as an advocacy platform, coordinating strategic action and supporting systems and structure strengthening for all members. The proposed law is a blow to the key populations community and threatens to take back years of progress made in promoting the health and human rights of key populations.

As the Uganda Key Population Consortium, we remain committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of key populations, and we will continue to work towards a more just and equitable future for all.