Today Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), in conjunction with the 20 members of Children of the Sun Foundation (COSF) filed a suit against Hajji Abdul Kiyimba, the LC III chairperson of Kyengera Town Council, as well as Philimon Woniala, the Deputy Officer in Charge of Kitalya Mini-Maxi Prison. The applicants in the suit seek damages for the human rights violations perpetrated against the 20 youths, during their arrest and detention at Kitalya Mini-Maxi Prison. During the press conference that was subsequently held, HRAPF issued an official statement, in which they decried the acts of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment that the youths were subjected to, and reiterated the inalienability of the right to freedom from torture inhuman and degrading treatment.

HRAPF has today made a statement on the violations of human rights for marginalised persons during the implementation of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Uganda at the 66th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Banjul The Gambia.
The statement highlighted the arrest, detention and torture of the 23 LGBT youth and the various arrests of marginalised persons during the period under the guise of implementing Presidential Directives on COVID-19.
The statement called upon the Commission to urge states to desist from violations of rights of persons based on their SOGIE, decriminalise petty offences and release prisoners charged with petty offenses to decongest prisons as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In his response, the Chairperson of the Commission emphasised the need for Uganda and other African states to implement the Commission's Resolution 275 on ending violations of human rights for persons based on  their real or imputed Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He condemned the denial of access to lawyers and urged Uganda to decriminalise petty offences.

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Today the High Court of Uganda delivered judgement in Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) Vs Attorney General and Commissioner General of Prisons, High Court Miscellaneous Cause No.81 of 2020. The judgement was passed in favor of 19 LGBT youth, on whose behalf the suit was instituted. HRAPF filed the suit, following denial of access to the 19, in their capacity as legal counsel, by the Commissioner General of Prisons, citing the need to curb the spread of COVID-19. In his judgement, Justice Michael Elubu held that the denial of the 19 access to their lawyers tantamounted to a violation of their right to fair hearing, which is non-derogable, even in the face of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. He awarded each of them compensation to a tune of Ugx.5,000,000/= (Five Million Uganda Shillings Only). We applaud the decision of the High Court, which vindicates our clients' rights.