Western Countries Continue To React To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets continue to report on reactions to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law this week by President Yoweri Museveni.

Associated Press: Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care
“…Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected to become even more difficult for the country’s homosexuals, including getting health care. The Ugandan government has issued assurances that health workers will not discriminate against homosexuals, but some gays say they are not confident about that…” (Muhumuza, 2/26).

Devex: Uganda’s anti-gay law: A silver lining for LGBTI aid?
“After some international donors threatened and a few even confirmed they will be cutting aid to Uganda after the government passed a controversial law targeting homosexuals, now there is a clear opportunity for the donor community to invest in protecting the human rights and health of the country’s LGBTI community…” (Rogers, 2/27).

Reuters: Western anger at anti-gay law hits Uganda’s currency
“Uganda’s currency tumbled on Wednesday on concerns that a new anti-gay law will damage relations with Western countries alarmed at what they see as a government-backed violation of human rights…” (Croome/Biryabarema, 2/26).

Reuters: Kerry likens Uganda anti-gay law to anti-Semitism and apartheid
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday likened new anti-gay legislation in Uganda that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa…” (Wroughton, 2/26).

New York Times: Kerry Condemns Uganda’s Antigay Law
“Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday condemned the antigay measure signed into law in Uganda this week, saying it is as serious a moral offense as anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany or apartheid in white-led South Africa…” (Gordon, 2/26).

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