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United States Takes Action Against Uganda For Anti-Gay Law

The United States government has announced measures that will be taken against Uganda for its anti-gay policies. Gays can currently be sentenced to up to life in prison

In a statement, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says:

As President Obama has stated, the Government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship. We announced in April a series of initial responses, and we have since considered how further to reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Today, we are announcing several additional steps. Specifically, the Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals. In addition, the United States will take steps, consistent with current authorities, to prevent entry into the United States by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.  We are also discontinuing or redirecting funds for certain additional programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute, and cancelling plans to hold a U.S. military-sponsored aviation exercise in Uganda.

None of these steps diminishes our commitment to providing development and humanitarian support for the Ugandan people, or our partnership with the Ugandan government to counter the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army and improve security in Africa. We will seek to advance these interests even as we continue—in Uganda and around the world—to oppose discriminatory practices and champion human rights for all. 

According to TIME:

Senior administration officials told Reuters that the new measures will not affect HIV/AIDS and food programs that help local Ugandans, adding that the steps were specifically targeted at Ugandans involved in implementing the anti-gay law and ones guilty of corruption.

While that's welcome news, the Ugandan government has already responded to the new measures announced by the United states; spokesman Ofwono Opondo tells Reuters:

“Uganda is a sovereign country and can never bow to anybody or be blackmailed by anybody on a decision it took in its interests, even if it involves threats to cut off all financial assistance."

We guess we'll have to see what kind of impact these measures by the U.S. have in the nation.

What do you think of the steps being taken by the United States government, Instincters?

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I believe that good generally does prevail and the battle for rights is being won around the world. The problem with Africa is the legacy that Europe left behind. No education. No stability. No wealth. No leadership but they left religion. A recipe for disaster. Africa will always be decades behind America and Europe.

War won't do anything. The leadership needs to change. Putin and Opondo are nothing more than a couple of baboons who have been put into positions of leadership. 

HA HA!! We need laws against gays like this in our country. Once obama is out of office this will happen here!

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That is absolutely false. Even your nasty little repugnants are crossing over on this issue. We will never let bigotry win in this country. That has been proven time and again. We're just waiting on your ilk to die off, then we can live in peace.

I think all the peoples of countries like Russia and Uganda need to wake the fuck up.  They'll change when war changes them, and only then.  Fucking haters.

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