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WMA Stands Against Oppressive Anti-LGBTQ Laws In Uganda

…Urges Authorities To Repeal It

The World Medical Association (WMA) has called on Ugandan authorities to repeal the Anti-Homosexuality laws immediately and urged global solidarity in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights.

The WMA made this known during its 226th Council Session scheduled for April 18 – 20 in Seoul, Korea.

WMA resolution has therefore opposed the oppressive Anti-Homosexuality laws in Uganda, reaffirming its commitment to equality and human rights.

Recall that originally the Anti-Homosexuality legislation was passed into law by the Ugandan parliament in March 2023 and signed into law by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni.

With global attention focused on the plight of LGBTQ+ communities, the WMA has condemned the discriminatory legislation that undermines fundamental freedoms and access to healthcare.

Dr Jung Yul Park, Chair of the WMA Council, emphasised the collective responsibility:

“The Anti-Homosexuality laws in Uganda represent a grave violation of human rights and a barrier to equitable healthcare provision. The WMA stands in solidarity with LGBTQ+ individuals and calls for immediate action to repeal these oppressive laws.”

The Anti-Homosexuality Act has faced widespread condemnation for its severe penalties targeting LGBTQ+ individuals. Despite partial amendments, critical provisions criminalising consensual same-sex acts and promoting homosexuality remain intact, perpetuating fear and discrimination.

The impact of such legislation extends beyond legal sanctions, as Dr. Park highlights: “Physicians play a crucial role in providing compassionate and non-discriminatory healthcare. However, the Anti-Homosexuality laws in Uganda create a hostile environment where healthcare professionals risk disciplinary action for fulfilling their ethical obligations.”

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