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Uganda activists launch court bid to overturn anti-gay law

Ugandan human rights and gay rights activists attend a hearing at the constitutional court in Kampala on July 30, 2014Ugandan activists launched a petition Wednesday at the constitutional court seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws that have been condemned by rights groups as draconian. Signed by Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni in February, the law calls for homosexuals to be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and obliges Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities. “I have a very good feeling about it,” the group’s lawyer Nicholas Opio said after the hearing in a crowded courtroom. Western nations have also made a raft of aid cuts to Uganda in protest since the law was passed.

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