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Financial donors warn Ugandan government over anti-gay law

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 03 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1862
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Foreign monetary donors have warned the government of Uganda that they may withdraw funding after the signing of an anti-homosexuality law in February.

The legislation included life sentences for anyone found guilty of having gay sex, as well as clauses criminalising the “promotion of homosexuality.” However, the bill seemed to be a watered down version of earlier drafts and no longer included a clause making it illegal to fail to report a person being homosexual.

The law, which strengthened existing legislation outlawing homosexuality, had originally proposed the death penalty in some cases, but this has now been removed after an international outcry.

US secretary of state John Kerry said that the day the bill was signed was a “tragic” one for Uganda, adding that “this legislation is not just morally wrong, it complicates a valued relationship.” He said that …

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