Last Update: May 30, 2023, 00:12 IST
Washington DC, United States of America (USA)
President Joe Biden on Monday condemned Uganda’s new anti-gay law, and said the United States could impose sanctions and would evaluate the law’s implications “on all aspects of US engagement with Uganda”.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed one of the world’s toughest anti-LGBTQ laws, including the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”, risking Western condemnation and sanctions from aid donors.
“This shameful act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden said he has directed the White House National Security Council to evaluate the law’s impact on all aspects of US engagement with Uganda, including the US President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other forms of Safely Services This includes the US ability to deliver. Aid and Investment.
Biden said his government would consider the effects of the law as part of a review of Uganda’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides duty-free treatment to goods from specified sub-Saharan African countries.
“And we are considering additional steps, including implementing sanctions against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption, and a ban on entry into the United States,” Biden said.
Same-sex relationships were already illegal in Uganda, as in more than 30 African countries, but the new law goes further than that.
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