U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law

Media sources report on U.S. actions to implement sanctions on Uganda in response to the country’s anti-gay laws.

The Hill: U.S. slaps sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay law
“The United States will discontinue some aid and implement travel bans against Ugandan officials in protest of the country’s recently enacted anti-gay laws, the White House announced Thursday…” (Sink, 6/19).

New York Times: Uganda: Anti-Gay Law Draws Sanctions
“…Certain Ugandan officials will be barred from entering the United States, and some aid money for Ugandan police and health agencies will be cut off or redirected, the administration said. In addition, the Obama administration canceled plans to hold a military aviation exercise in Uganda…” (Baker, 6/19).

Reuters: U.S. cuts aid to Uganda, cancels military exercise over anti-gay law
“…The White House said in a statement the measures were intended to ‘reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity’…” (Wroughton, 6/20).

Reuters: Uganda says won’t be ‘blackmailed’ over anti-gay law
“Uganda said on Thursday that any threats to cut aid would not alter its decision to toughen laws against homosexuals, after U.S. officials said they would announce new measures against Kampala over the issue…” (Biryabarema, 6/19).

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law prompts new U.S. responses, including entry restrictions and police program aid suspension
“A White House blog post and National Security Council statement today announced additional responses from the White House to Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, legislation that led to police action and suspension of work at a U.S.-funded HIV program there…” (Barton, 6/19).

White House Blog: Further U.S. Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Uganda
“…After thorough consideration, the U.S. government is taking a number of actions to underscore the critical importance we place on human rights and fighting against discrimination, protecting vulnerable populations, respecting freedom of expression and association, and advancing inclusive governance…” (Harris/Pomper, 6/19).

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