US criticizes Uganda’s anti-gay legislation

US criticizes Uganda’s anti-gay legislation



25 February 2014 | Source: NHK

The US government says it is deeply disappointed at the enactment of an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda. It says it is reviewing its relationship with the Ugandan government.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed legislation imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality.

In his statement released on the same day, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the legislation is a clear violation of human rights.

Kerry expressed strong concern about the law’s potential to set back public health efforts in Uganda, including those to address HIV/AIDS.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the US government will continue to urge Uganda to repeal what he called an abhorrent law.

He said US officials will advocate for the protection of universal human rights for gay people in Uganda and around the world.

The Obama administration has called for the protection of the rights of gay people. It has expressed concern over the enactment of an anti-gay bill in Russia. The administration sent gay people as delegates to the Winter Olympics in Sochi that ended on Sunday.

25 February 2014 | NHK

The Moroccan Times, 25 February 2014