Open Letter to Ugandan President: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill Will Impact HIV/AIDS in Uganda
February 16, 2014
Post submitted by Jane Thirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow
The Human Rights Campaign joined several human rights groups and over 60 health professionals in an open letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni expressing concern over the public health and human rights impacts of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB).
Organizations signing the letter warn that the AHB could undermine the fight against HIV in Uganda by driving LGBT people away from public health services because of fear of arrest, intimidation, violence and discrimination.
The U.S. has invested nearly two billion dollars to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda over the last decade.
Signatories implored Museveni to veto the bill in all forms, as it would have a harmful impact on public health, human rights, and the rights of all people to enjoy freedom from discrimination in Uganda.
Museveni has said he would sign the bill in a statement last week in which he also called for a war against the homosexual lobby.