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US takes strong action against Uganda over anti-LGBTQ law, imposes visa restrictions on government officials

The United States Government has taken a firm stance against Uganda’s inhumane treatment of its LGBTQI+ citizens. After Uganda made same-sex intercourse punishable by life imprisonment and “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by death, the US imposed visa restrictions on Ugandan government officials. These restrictions were promised by President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month as a response to Uganda’s discriminatory laws. The State Department failed to mention names or exact numbers of officials who received visa restrictions. As per their statement, they aim to hold responsible those who abuse human rights in Uganda, particularly against LGBTQI+ persons.

Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ law has been the subject of much international criticism. Even before the new law was passed, Uganda had banned homosexuality and was known for ostracizing and harassing its LGBTQI+ citizens. The legislation’s approval worried many that it would enable and encourage further discrimination against an already vulnerable population. Additionally, media and non-governmental organizations that promote LGBTQI+ activities risk hefty fines. Such convictions have the potential to impact the Ugandan government’s ability to receive billions of dollars in foreign aid.

This US government’s move is a stand for human rights and fundamental freedoms globally. Uganda’s LGBTQI+ population can now hope for some respite from the discrimination they have long faced. Furthermore, the State Department has updated travel guidance for US citizens traveling to Uganda, highlighting the danger to LGBTQI+ individuals. The statement underlined that the US strongly supports the Ugandan people and stands committed to advancing respect for human rights both in Uganda and globally.

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