US should cut security aid to Uganda – HRW

2014-03-20 15:15
(Ben Curtis, AP)

(Ben Curtis, AP)

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Cape Town - Human Rights Watch has reportedly urged the United States to cut back security assistance to Uganda in response to the country’s recently enacted anti-gay law.

According to Voice of America, the US says it is still considering how best to respond, even though several European countries have already suspended aid over the draconian law.

In February, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a series of bills banning the promotion of homosexuality and making it mandatory to report gays, in a country where they can face life-time imprisonment.

Broader consequences

In reaction to the Ugandan stance, countries like Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden immediately threatened to freeze their aid to the east African country.

Some in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community are leaving Uganda in fear, said the report.

HRW said the new law had "far broader consequences for the country", adding that the space for independent actors, activists and civil society was "closing very quickly".

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