On 1 August 2014, the Uganda constitutional court dismissed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which had caused controversy both in Uganda and across the world.

 

The court ruled that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was null and void, citing procedural irregularities during its passage and asserting the vote cast on the Bill in Parliament technically lacked the necessary quorum to have been passed into law, meaning that the Bill was invalid.  The court also found that the bill violated several provisions of the Ugandan constitution, including the right to privacy, the right to freedom from discrimination, and the right to freedom of expression.

 

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill had been proposed by Ugandan parliamentarians in 2009 and subsequently passed in January 2014. The bill aimed to criminalize same-sex sexual activity, including life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality, as well as the promotion of homosexuality and failure to report homosexual activity.

 

The bill had been widely criticized by human rights groups, as well as governments and organizations around the world. Many saw it as an attack on the human rights of LGBT individuals and a violation of international law.

 

The ruling was seen as a victory for human rights in Uganda and around the world. However, some remained concerned that the Ugandan government would attempt to reintroduce the bill in the future or pass other discriminatory laws targeting LGBTIQ individuals.