HRC 53 Side Event: The Ugandan Anti-homosexuality Act: An unprecedented tool of repression

53rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council – side event

  • Monday, 19 June, 2023
  • 5 PM CEST | Room XXV

This side event will explore how Ugandan authorities and lawmakers have been persecuting LGBTIQ+ individuals just for being who they are and adopted a number of laws to criminalise them, fuelling a deeply homophobic society. In addition, it will discuss the newly developed anti-homosexuality bill which became effective on May 26, 2023.

Join experts and activists, to discuss the situation of LGBTIQ+ persons in Uganda and reflect on the role of the UN Human Rights Council in holding the Ugandan authorities to account for their blatant disregard towards their international obligations.



  • Right Livelihood
  • CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
  • International Service for Human Rights
  • Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders
  • GIN
  • ECMP Together Against the Death Penalty
  • ILGA World



  • Ms. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Executive Director, KuchuTimes Media Group, Right Livelihood & Martin Ennals Laureate
  • Mx. Cameron Kakande, Co-founder and Executive Director, People Like Us
  • Mr. Gurchaten Sandhu, Director of Programmes, ILGA World
  • Mr. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity



Mr. Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director, Right Livelihood