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.