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Uganda: Court Declares Refund of Bride-Price Under Customary Law Unconstitutional

(Aug. 12, 2015) Eight years after it began, a legal battle challenging the constitutionality of a customary practice of refunding the bride-price at the dissolution of customary marriages ended with Uganda’s Supreme Court, the highest court of the land, declaring the practice unconstitutional. (Uganda Bride Price Refund Outlawed by Top Judges, BBC NEWS (Aug. 6, […]

Uganda: Parliament Amends Terrorism Law

(June 26, 2015) Uganda’s 386-member unicameral Parliament recently adopted the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2015, aimed at revising parts of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. (Halima Abdallah, Uganda MPs Pass Anti-Terror Bill, EAST AFRICAN (June 20, 2015).) The legislation must be signed by the President or be passed again by Parliament with the support of at […]

Uganda: New Law Criminalizes HIV/AIDS Transmission, Requires Pregnant Women to Undergo HIV Testing

(Sept. 17, 2014) In August 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law the HIV and AIDS prevention and control bill, which, among other measures, criminalizes intentional transmission of HIV and requires pregnant women to undergo mandatory HIV testing. (Press Release, Center for Reproductive Rights, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Signs Callous Law Criminalizing HIV and […]

Uganda: Parliament Approves Anti-Pornography Bill

(Dec. 23, 2013) On December 18, 2013, Uganda’s 375-member unicameral Parliament adopted the Anti-Pornography Bill, 2011, which seeks to establish a catch-all offense of pornography and provide a comprehensive legal regime on the subject. (Yasiin Mugerwa & Nelson Wesonga, MPs Pass Bill Against Miniskirts, DAILY MONITOR (Dec. 19, 2013); Parliament Passes Anti-Pornography Law, Parliament of […]

Uganda: Gatherings of Three or More People Without Prior Police Approval Outlawed

(Aug. 14, 2013) On August 6, 2013, Uganda’s 388-member unicameral Parliament passed the Public Order Management Bill, 2011 (POMB), which, among other measures, mandates police approval of “public meetings” involving at least three people. (Uganda Public Order Bill Is ‘Blow to Political Debate,’ BBC NEWS (Aug. 6, 2013), Parliament of the Republic of Uganda website […]

Uganda: Women Judges Voice Concern over Domestic Violence

(July 8, 2013) On June 18, 2013, a group of female judges in Uganda expressed concern over the increase in gender-based domestic violence and abuse in their country. (Domestic Violence Cases Soar, NEW VISION (June 18, 2013).) The President of the National Association of Women Judges-Uganda (NAWJU), Stella Arach Amoko, attributed this in part to […]

Uganda; United Nations: Mobile Courts Program Launched

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country’s government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Refugee Law Project (of the School of Law of Uganda’s Makerere University), and the Uganda Human Rights Council. The program’s […]

Uganda: Media Law Passed

(Sept. 12, 2012) Uganda’s Parliament recently passed a new media law, the Uganda Communications Act 2012, and created a “contents committee” to review complaints submitted about the contents of various media, including broadcasting, cinema, telecommunications, postal services, and video libraries . The committee will have a chair and four members, all appointed for terms of […]

Uganda: Proposal to Re-Introduce Presidential Term Limits

(Apr. 25, 2012) It was reported on April 17, 2012, that a group of Members of the Parliament of Uganda, led by MP Gerald Karuhanga, are preparing to move a motion aimed at amending the Constitution and re-instating presidential term limits. (Proposed Bill to Prevent Museveni's Next Presidential Bid, RADIO ONE (Apr. 17, 2012).) Uganda […]

Uganda: Parliament Considering Petroleum Bill

(Feb. 10, 2012) On February 8, 2012, the Ugandan government tabled the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012, which, if enacted, will give effect to § 244 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 (Text, Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Washington, D.C. website (last visited Feb. 9, 2012)) and replace […]