US Imposes Sanctions On Uganda Over Anti-gay Law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe in February.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe in February.

The US has imposed sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay laws it says are “counter to universal human rights”.

It said Ugandans involved in human rights abuses against gay people would be banned from entering the US.

The White House is also cutting funds to a number of programmes it is running with the Ugandan authorities, and cancelling a military exercise.

Uganda has said it will not be pressed by the West to change the laws, which can see gay people jailed for life.

The law signed in February allows life imprisonment for acts of “aggravated homosexuality” and criminalises the “promotion of homosexuality”.

The White House described the legislation an affront that called into question Uganda’s commitment to protecting human rights.

“The Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden Hayden in a written statement.”

The US will also discontinue or redirect funds for certain programmes involving the Ugandan Police Force, National Public Health Institute and Ministry of Health, and has cancelled plans to conduct a US military-sponsored aviation exercise in the African nation.

It is the latest effort by US officials to challenge Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Last week, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand decried the nomination of Uganda’s foreign minister to president of the UN General Assembly, given his country’s treatment of gay people.

It would be “disturbing to see the foreign minister of a country that passed an unjust, harsh and discriminatory law” preside over the UN body, she told US media of the nomination of Sam Kutesa.

More than 9,000 people also signed a petition urging UN states to block him. He was subsequently elected to the role.

Ugandan rights activists and politicians also filed a legal challenge to overturn the law, arguing it subjected them to cruel and inhuman punishment.

Uganda’s authorities have defended the law, saying President Yoweri Museveni wanted “to demonstrate Uganda’s independence in the face of Western pressure and provocation”.

The World Bank postponed a $90m (£54m) loan to Uganda to improve its health services after the law was approved.

Several European nations – including Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden – have cut aid to Uganda to show their opposition to the law.

15 thoughts on “US Imposes Sanctions On Uganda Over Anti-gay Law

  1. The United States Of America must know that the world belongs to God who created it and that he gave his commandments to help the people to live in harmony without any disturbance. When THE The US has imposed sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay laws it says are “counter to universal human rights”this IS UNFORTUNATE because of arrogance,pride and ignorance about the truth and wisdom established by the author of life.America is called upon by people who believe in God to desist from being so proud and foolish to deceive itself that it is superior in transient things that are temporal

    1. [email protected]:disqus i didn’t expect you to hold search conservative views about sexuality
      whether its Godly or not as u look at it a sin in your Biblical view,
      it is not stipulated anywhere as a capital sin above any other sin??

      if homosexuality is the worst of the sins does this mean to justify robbers.murderers ,the corrupt,adulteress ,rapists and prostitutes as lesser sins in the eyes of GOD??
      who are you to judge which one is more sin than the other besides the US supremacy

      why not leave that to the author of life??

  2. What is this thing called world bank is a US bank? Anyway our forefather did not even know where America was and life went on. Despite George Washington living in US and Kennedy being the president of US they died where entombed and they are ghost roaming this earth with no where to settle. Life will go on, when obama dies he just also rots like any of us and he does not come back. We are not scared

    1. Is there any African teaching on sexuality you can quote or you want to bring in the bible to justify your argument. Why cant people understand that some individuals are born differently. What do you want the transgenders to do. Do want them to live a life they are not? Uganda has not had as many transgender born as they’re in other nations such as Thailand and USA may be that’s why same sex relationships is strange to the public. Let’s build a nation of tolerance just like we accepted bring together different cultures to make a republic of Uganda. in the same way we should accept to live with the deformity in our communities. The USA should engage the government diplomatically and sensitize the general Ugandan public, cut AID will not help because this law was a call from the general public who think they’re more righteous than God. Actually, even in USA and UK homophobic behaviors exist. However, in the 60’s one would be referred to psychiatric treatment for being gay, these days the reserve is true.

    2. Hey Kalani u have a point, Am not trying to water down your point but u need to know that homosexuality has been part and parcel of the African society since time immemorial. It has been practiced in African societies for a long time , the only difference is, that it has always been done discreetly until recently when homos came out kissing in public. Having said that, u’re right we shd not condone such a heinous act

      1. kalani is this kind of fellow who seems to be having a very shallow knowledge about human sexuality and he is busy whining about which sex is african and another unafrican!!!!!

    3. are u listening to yourself as u say???

      what is really african and what is so unafrican??

      this is narrow thinking ,
      which kind of sex was designed for blacks??
      open your eyes

  3. Let the US also put in place a law that allows human beings to marry animals or trees or plants such that every stupid thinker should be given rights.

  4. Under human rights no one is denied humatarian aid as punitive. If feel the west and USA have misjudged this. They need to consider lot of key points why Uganda has taken a stance. This is very sensitive and too soon to force Uganda to accept homosexual practices. It can be a way forward if Uganda was engaged in measures of tolerance. For now country has a lot to deal with and I’m not sure what percentage of Ugandans has had of homosexuality practice rather than biblical story about sodom and gomola. 200 out of 32 million people is small number and possibly they can live their live quietly. As for now Uganda must seek ways of living without foreign aid.

  5. The US can keep their dirty homo stained money, we’ shall die with our pride. After all, sevo assured us that we have enough to sustain us…….I hope sevo was serious though !

  6. The ignorance displayed in the comments attached to this article is beyond comprehension! Educate yourselves!

  7. If I ever see, any of those European Presidents marrying their fellow men then I will also support them otherwise, some states in the USA refused gay rights and then they turn to poor Africans,

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