The Struggle for LGBT+ Rights in Uganda
In recent years, some African countries have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation while others have proposed draconian anti-gay laws. Against this backdrop of divergent approaches on the continent, what might the future hold for LGBT+ rights on the continent? Dr. Adrian Jjuuko, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum in Uganda, joins CAS for a discussion on the fight for rights in Uganda. As an activist, scholar, and lawyer, Dr. Jjuuko has been at the center of efforts to secure and protect the rights of sexual minorities in the country, including the coordination of legal challenges to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014.
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Adrian Jjuuko is a Ugandan human rights lawyer, researcher and consultant. The founder and Executive Director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)--the first and only specialised legal aid clinic for marginalized persons in Uganda--Jjuuko has effectively worked to advocate and carry strategic litigation against laws violating the rights of LGBTI persons and other minorities in Uganda.
Dr. Jjuuko holds an LLD from the University of Pretoria, and his research LLD thesis is titled ‘Beyond court victories: Using strategic litigation to stimulate social change in favour of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons in Common Law Africa.’ He also holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria, an LLB from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, and a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala.