US imposes sanctions on Uganda over anti-gay law

US ambassodor  Scott Delisi

The US has imposed fresh sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay law it says “counters universal human rights”.

In their latest efforts to challenge the law, US officials say Ugandans involved in human rights abuses against gay people will be banned from entering the country.

The White House is also cutting funds to a number of programmes it is running with the Ugandan authorities, and cancelling a military exercise.

The US will also discontinue or redirect funds for certain programmes involving the Ugandan Police Force, National Public Health Institute and Ministry of Health, and has cancelled plans to conduct a US military-sponsored aviation exercise in the African nation.

Government has however often said it will not be pressed by the West to change the laws, which can see gay people jailed for life.

The law signed in February prescribes life imprisonment for acts of “aggravated homosexuality” and criminalises the “promotion of homosexuality”.