US imposes sanctions against Uganda for anti-gay law
The US has announced sanctions against Uganda, following the implementation of a law which further criminalises homosexuality.
President Yoweri Museveni signed the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill in February.The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.
The US will now prevent Uganda officials who are involved with serious human rights abuses against LGBT individuals, from entering America, and will either stop or redirect money for initiatives involving the Uganda Police Force, Ministry of Health and National Public Health Institute, and has cancelled plans to hold a US Military sponsored aviation exercise in the country.
“None of these steps diminishes our commitment to providing development and humanitarian support for the Ugandan people, or our partnership with the Ugandan government to counter the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army and improve security in Africa,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
“We will seek to advance these interests even as we continue—in Uganda and around the world—to oppose discriminatory practices and champion human rights for all.”
Politicians and campaigners around the world have strongly criticised President Museveni.