Tuesday, 8 July 2014

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Uganda defends anti-gay law as development partners withdraw

The Uganda government has rejected accusations that the controversial law outlawing homosexual activities is discriminatory.

The statement was issued on Monday almost a month after the United State imposed sanctions against Uganda in protest against the law.

It claims that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 - signed into law in Febraury by President Yoweri Museveni - that has attracted the wrath of development partners, was discriminatory against homosexuals were unfounded.

However, the Ugandan government has stuck to its guns saying the law was passed following a legitimate legislative process. The statement read...

The government said "no activities of individuals, groups, companies or organisations will be affected by the Act."

"The intention of the Act is to stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices," the statement added.

The government said it remained committed to the protection of the rights of all Ugandans and would ensure that no one takes the law into their own hands.

It also said it remained committed to guarantee full access to social services, including health and HIV/ AIDS services regardless of sexual orientation.

The government promised to continue to enable civil society and non-governmental organisations to operate freely, in accordance with the laws of Uganda.

The US sanctions would "prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals."

After the controversial law was passed, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Britain suspended aid programmes in Uganda.

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