Friday, 28 February 2014

[RwandaLibre] Kerry voices U.S. dismay at anti-gay law to Uganda's Museveni


Kerry voices U.S. dismay at anti-gay law to Uganda's Museveni

WASHINGTON Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:21pm EST

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks before opening the
U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Plenary Session with
Georgia's Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili at the State Department
in Washington February 26, 2014 file photo.


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(Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni this week to convey U.S. unhappiness at an anti-gay
law in Uganda and tell him it will complicate ties between the two
countries, the State Department said on Friday.

The new law strengthened existing punishments for anyone caught having
gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for "aggravated
homosexuality" - including sex with a minor or while HIV-positive. It
criminalized lesbianism for the first time and made it a crime to help
individuals engage in homosexual acts.

"Secretary Kerry expressed the United States' deep disappointment in
the Ugandan government's decision to enact the anti-homosexuality
bill," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said of the call, which
took place on Thursday.

"The secretary noted that the decision complicates the U.S.
relationship with Uganda," the spokeswoman added in her written
statement, although she said that Kerry did not threaten any specific
sanction by the United States in response.

Homosexuality is a taboo in most African nations and illegal in 37,
including Uganda, where it has been a crime since British colonial
rule. However, such laws are seldom enforced.

On Wednesday, Kerry described the new law as "atrocious" and
Museveni's signing it as "flat-out morally wrong." He also likened it
to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany and racial discrimination in
South Africa during the apartheid era.

The United States gave more than $485 million in aid to Uganda in the
year ended on September 30. The bulk of the funding went to health
programs and security, including military training.

(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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