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Uganda Defends “Anti-Homosexuality Act”

In a statement yesterday, Ugandan officials asserted that the country’s anti-LGBT legislation was meant to protect children, not discriminate against the LGBT community.

In the statement Ugandan officials claim that the legislation is “misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of ‘homosexual orientation’, especially by our development partners.” However, they go on to admit that the act is meant to “stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices.”

The Obama Administration and other countries have worked to take action against the Ugandan government and hold the leaders in it accountable. The World Bank and the United States have both re-evaluated funds granted to the African country.

Earlier this year, President Museveni was widely criticized by the international community for signing into law a bigoted and archaic piece of anti-LGBT legislation that made “aggravated homosexuality” a charge that carries a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted. 

Similar to last year’s Russian law that prohibits “homosexual propaganda,” this legislation also made it criminal for any individual or corporation to “promote” homosexuality.  This law has had a chilling effect for millions of LGBT Ugandans as reports have emerged about new arrest attempts against activists and some citizens awaiting trial for alleged “crimes.” The disturbing trends of harassment, investigations, arrests and acts of violence against LGBT people has occurred in both Russia and Uganda following the passage of the laws. 

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