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International Donors, Agencies Continue To React To Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Media sources continue to cover reaction to Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The Guardian: Uganda: how campaigners are preparing to counter the anti-gay bill
“Earlier this week president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, did what LGBT rights campaigners, HIV/AIDS workers and human rights organizations feared for years: passed an anti-homosexuality bill. … We talk to campaigners on the ground in Uganda, in the diaspora and the international community about what they are doing next and what the development community should do…” (Leach, 2/25).

The Guardian: Uganda donors cut aid after president passes anti-gay law
“Once regarded as an example of enlightened African leadership, Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, is currently something of an international pariah. His decision to sign a bill into law that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality has resulted in cuts to the country’s generous aid budget…” (Plaut, 2/25).

Reuters: United Nations chief urges Uganda to repeal anti-gay law
“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Uganda on Tuesday to repeal a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality, warning it could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people…” (Nichols, 2/25).

Reuters: Uganda told anti-gay bill poses financial risk
“Sweden’s Finance Minister Anders Borg warned Uganda on Tuesday that a new bill imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality could represent a financial risk for the east African economy. President Yoweri Museveni initialed the bill on Monday, drawing immediate criticism from Western donors and Washington. Within hours, Norway and Denmark said they were holding back aid. Austria said it would review assistance…” (Biryabarema/Croome, 2/25).

ScienceInsider: Science Misused to Justify Ugandan Antigay Law
“On 24 February, Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, signed a draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, after two months of declining to do so. Science, he says, changed his mind—in particular, the findings of a special scientific committee his Health Ministry had appointed earlier in the month. … But some scientists on the committee are crying foul, saying that Museveni and his ruling party — Uganda’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) — misrepresented their findings…” (Balter, 2/25).

Science Speaks: Outrage at home and abroad: we’re reading reactions to the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill
The Center for Global Health Policy’s blog summarizes several press releases and other news reports on issues surrounding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (Aziz, 2/25).

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