Secretary of State John Kerry Says Uganda's Anti-Gay Law Is Cause For Review Of Relationship w/ U.S.
Could Uganda face consequences from the U.S. following its decision to sign its anti-gay bill into law? The new legislation could see gays in Uganda sentenced to life in prison, and it appears it already has the U.S. government reviewing its relationship with the nation.
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Monday:
This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law.
The United States is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. For the four years since the bill was introduced, we have been crystal clear that it blatantly violates human rights obligations that Uganda’s Human Rights Commission itself has recognized are enshrined in Uganda’s Constitution.
Today’s signing threatens a dangerous slide backward in Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and a serious threat to the LGBT community in Uganda.
We are also deeply concerned about the law’s potential to set back public health efforts in Uganda, including those to address HIV/AIDS, which must be conducted in a non-discriminatory manner in order to be effective.
As President Obama stated, this legislation is not just morally wrong, it complicates a valued relationship. Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values.
From Nigeria to Russia and Uganda, we are working globally to promote and protect the human rights of all persons. The United States will continue to stand against any efforts to marginalize, criminalize, and penalize vulnerable persons in any society.
We're pretty sure a review will find that this law is in direct opposition to the anti-discrimination and human rights policies supported by the Obama administration.
What the administration will decide to do with that remains to be seen.