White House reiterates commitment to push Uganda to repeal ‘abhorrent’ anti-gay law
Criticising Uganda’s new anti-gay law, the White House has reiterated its commitment to having the law repealed, calling it “abhorrent”, and “a step backwards”.
It further criminalises homosexuality in the country, implementing life jail sentences for those convicted multiple times.
Jay Carney, White House spokesman said: “Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality.”
A White House official last week suggested that US aid to Uganda could be suspended if Museveni signed the law.
“We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world,” Carney said.