Friday, March 14, 2014
United States Joins Other Countries in Starting to Suspend Aid to Uganda Because of Its Anti-Gay Law
On February 24, 2014, Uganda enacted legislation that punishes homosexuality by terms of up to life in prison. (Earlier versions of that legislation had called for the death penalty, but that was scaled back to life in prison.)
Uganadan President Yoweri Museveni signed that legislation over objections from human rights advocates and a number of nations. After signing the anti-gay law, the World Bank and some individual nations started withholding or diverting aid to the Ugandan government. The United States now joins Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden in doing just that. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention is supending some assistance to the Uganadan Minstry of Health. Click here to read more.
A court challenge to the Ugandan legislation was reportedly filed earlier this week.