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United States cut aids to Uganda citing oppressive laws against homosexuals

20, Jun 2014

The United States of America has cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and cancelled a regional military exercise in response to a Ugandan law that imposes harsh penalties on homosexuality. In a white house statement released on yesterday, the U.S said sanctions are intended to reinforce support for human rights for Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation. Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, despite condemnation by western donors, signed the anti-gay bill into law in February imposing jail terms of life imprisonment for aggravated homosexuality. The law that also criminalizes lesbianism and sex with a minor while HIV positive has sparked debate across the world over the violation of basic human rights.