Obama Attacks Uganda Over Anti-gay Bill

February 17, 2014 6:32 pm0 comments by:

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Washington-President Barack Obama has warned that the US relations with Uganda will be strained if the homosexuality bill is enacted into law.

In a strongly worded press statement, Obama said he is disappointed that Uganda will soon enact a law that criminalizes homosexuality.

“That is why I am so deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalize homosexuality.  The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda.  It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.  It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights” remarked President Obama.

Obama warned that if enacted the anti-gay bill will affect Uganda’s relationship with the US.

“As we have conveyed to President Museveni, enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.  At a time when, tragically, we are seeing an increase in reports of violence and harassment targeting members of the LGBT community from Russia to Nigeria, I salute all those in Uganda and around the world who remain committed to respecting the human rights and fundamental human dignity of all persons”.

President Yoweri Museveni last week explained that he would sign into law the anti-gay bill.

Uganda’s parliament recently passed a bill that criminalizes homosexuality

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