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Uganda constitutional court annuls new anti-gay law

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Ugandan human rights and gay rights activists attend a hearing at the constitutional court in Kampala on July 30, 2014, seeking to overturn tough anti-gay lawsUgandan human rights and gay rights activists attend a hearing at the constitutional court in Kampala on July 30, 2014, seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws

Ugandan human rights and gay rights activists attend a hearing at the constitutional court in Kampala on July 30, 2014, seeking to overturn tough anti-gay lawsUgandan human rights and gay rights activists attend a hearing at the constitutional court in Kampala on July 30, 2014, seeking to overturn tough anti-gay laws

Uganda's constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying it had been wrongly passed by parliament.

The law is "null and void," the presiding judge told the court, saying the process had contravened the constitution, as it has been passed in parliament in December without the necessary quorum of lawmakers.

Date created : 2014-08-01