BONSERNEWS.com – Uganda on Tuesday (30/5/2023) condemned the West’s response to the anti-LGBTQ law which is considered one of the harshest laws in the world.
The anti-LGBTQ law was signed by the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. This law contains the death penalty for homosexuality which includes transmission of HIV through same-sex sexual intercourse.
The passage of the anti-LGBTQ law has drawn condemnation from Western governments, and jeopardizes the foreign aid that Uganda receives each year.
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President of the United States (US), Joe Biden threatens to cut aid and other sanctions. Meanwhile US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the government would consider limiting visas for Ugandan officials.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the anti-LGBTQ law would impact Uganda’s relations with international partners. Uganda’s Minister of Information, Chris Baryomunsi rejected the criticism.
“We don’t consider homosexuality a constitutional right. It’s just a sexual perversion that we don’t promote as Ugandans and Africans,” said Baryomunsi.
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“While we appreciate the support we get from partners, they should be reminded that we are a sovereign nation and we do not make laws for the West. We make laws for our own people here in Uganda. So such blackmail cannot be accepted,” said Baryomunsi.
Ugandan activists and lawyers on Monday (29/5/2023) filed a lawsuit against the anti-LGBTQ law.
They say the law encourages discrimination and stigmatization. They say the law was passed without public participation.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk said Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ law violated aspects of the constitution. However, he did not specify which aspects of the constitution were violated.
“I hope the courts will look into it and I can tell you, if they see human rights law, their own constitution, they will consider it a violation,” Turk said.
Asked about the alleged violation of international law, a spokesperson later added that the law violated the rights to equality, non-discrimination and the right to life.
France’s TotalEnergies, which is developing a $3.5 billion oil pipeline between Uganda and Tanzania, said the CEO of TotalEnergies had conveyed the company’s views on the anti-LGBTQ bill to Museveni before it was passed.
“Respect for others is a core value at TotalEnergies,” said a company spokesperson. ()