Due to gay rights abuses, US is imposing visa bans on certain Ugandan officials

Funds also being cut for some programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute


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The United States has detailed the measures it is taking against Uganda in response to draconian homophobic laws implemented in February.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday (19 June) that the government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 'runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.'

Hayden said the US seeks to reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the US by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals. 

The US will also take steps to prevent entry into the country by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.

The US is also discontinuing or redirecting funds for certain additional programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute and is cancelling plans to hold a US military-sponsored aviation exercise in Uganda.

'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,' stated Hayden.

She added: '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.'

President Barack Obama warned President Yoweri Museveni that the law would ‘complicate relations’ between the two countries.

The homophobic law punishes gay sex and gay marriage with life imprisonment, and seven years in prison for anyone who ‘aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage in acts of homosexuality.'

Promotion of homosexuality, including gay charities, is also punishable with up to seven years in prison.

Authors: Super User