US to announce new measures against Uganda over anti-gay law

President Barack Obama warned President Yoweri Museveni that the law would 'complicate relations' between the US and Uganda

US to announce new measures against Uganda over anti-gay law

The United States government is set to announce new measures against Uganda today (19 June).

It will be in response to the signing of one of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world, which was implemented in February.

The White House announcement, to be made later today, will punish Uganda for the law according to Reuters.

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

Since then, the United States has reviewed its funding to Uganda while privately pressing Museveni’s government to repeal the law.

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