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UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy

Denmark, Norway redirect government aid to private sectors
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

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Ugandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering “rehabilitation” for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

WASHINGTON — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the “crime” of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban cautioned that the law could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment against LGBT people, but offered UN support “for constructive dialogue.”

Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, warned the law was “formulated so broadly that it may lead to abuse of power and accusations against anyone.”

“Outsiders cannot dictate to us,” Museveni said as he signed the bill on Monday. “This is our country. I advise friends from the West not to make this an issue, because if they make it an issue the more they will lose. If the West does not want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space to ourselves here.”

A number of Western countries, including the U.S., say they are evaluating their policies towards Uganda based on enactment of the “draconian measure.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney called the law “abhorrent.” He said Uganda “took a step backward” with the law and urged its repeal.

Carney added that the White House is undergoing the review of its relationship. He declined to say what that could mean in terms of aid or other impacts while the review is underway.

A spokesperson for the government of The Netherlands confirmed that an ongoing aid subsidy to Uganda’s legal system had been frozen Tuesday, telling LGBTQ Nation that the earmarked €9.6 million Euros subsidy should not be used to “enforce such an anti-human law and that we [the government of the Netherlands] would not be a party to assisting such laws.”

The governments of Denmark and Norway have also said they would redirect around €8.5 million in government aid towards private sector initiatives, aid agencies and rights organizations as a result of the Ugandan law, reported Al Jazeera.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law increases sentences for attempted same-sex acts, also specifies life in prison sentences for crimes of “aggravated homosexuality” – sex acts with those that have HIV, with “repeat offenders” and with minors.

The bill also criminalizes “promoting” homosexuality, recommending seven years in prison to any individuals offering counseling, aid or other services to LGBT Ugandans.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. May the domino effect begin! : ) However is it just me or is this a very bad week for LGBT people? Uganda, then this stupid ass bill in Arizona and now this CLOSETED QUEEN in Washington that wants to make it illegal to have gay men play in the NFL because Michael Sam is out of the closet and playing!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:47pm
  2. eXACTLY

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:48pm
  3. The more we progress, the more the crazies come out to play. Last ditch effort....

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:51pm
  4. Very true!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:52pm
  5. Anyone this spiteful and nasty has a big "Gay Queen" hiding in the closet that they don't want exposed.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:54pm
  6. I will say even though its been a tough week, the state of Georgia banned gay marriage in 2004. However this week Mayor Kasim Reed here in Atlanta are getting a million dollars from pro LGBT organizations to start to have a dialogue about marriage equality. According to Georgia now, as oppose in 2004, most people support marriage equality, but its these conservatives in office are getting in the way. At least this year there will be a Governor election this year and one of them is a Democrat actually President Carter grandson Jason Carter! I cant stand the current governor Nathan Deal! Which is interesting he use to be a Democrat but now he is extremely Republican.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:08pm
  7. @Hussein - The only thing "hideous" is so-called "religious people" thinking they have a right to tell others how to live, and a question for you, when did you become straight? .....being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is NOT a lifestyle, nor is it a choice.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30pm
  8. It's always darkest before the dawn...

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:22pm
  9. Well there are always set backs when working for the rights of others, but we will prevail!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:02pm
  10. @Hussein, you're not too bright are you?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:03pm
  11. You tell ‘em Netherlands… Now if only the US would stop giving them 400 million a year, which Uganda said they don’t need, so why give it to them?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:47pm
  12. Good!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:48pm
  13. US needs to do this! No more aid.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:48pm
  14. I believe we need to cut all assistance to Uganda until this law is repealed!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:48pm
  15. Come on US…cut the aid till they repeal.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:49pm
  16. Not gonna happen

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:02pm
  17. Ugh...while I agree, I also strongly disagree. In AZ a milder case of this is going on and cutting funding to all us people in AZ who have nothing to do with the discrimination bill is only going to hurt good businesses as much as the bad ones. Yes, cutting aid until they change sounds great as a whole, but then everyone suffers for the stupidity of a few.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:11pm
  18. ^ But, isn't that what is happening in Uganda, in regards of consideration for others who would suffer at the hands of the US cutting Uganda's aid?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:05pm
  19. I’m hoping the US will do this until they repeal their inhumane law.

    That may seem inhumane itself to not want to give assistance, but what Uganda has done is disgusting.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:49pm
  20. I won't bully you, but I will tell you that you're incredibly vague with that conclusion of homosexuality. It is not a lifestyle exactly. No. It's not unhealthy. It's not hideous, either.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:18pm
  21. This will mean nothing if the United States does not follow suit. Someone on Maddow last night said he does not think the US will pull their financial aid from Uganda.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:50pm
  22. Do they not have anything else to worry about other than homosexuals?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:50pm
  23. the people hunger for righteousness…feed them Father not the perfect heterosexuals who have no homosexual tendencies too…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:50pm
  24. Amen to that!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:51pm
  25. I am being ironic…heterosexuals need to tell us their sexual tendencies that are overtly wrong!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:52pm
  26. at least the Netherlands has some balls, grow some US….people say it will hurt the poor, really, how much of our money do you suppose actually gets to the poor….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:53pm
  27. And what’s even more disturbing is that we are just asking for our right to be. Equal rights. Not special treatment. Why is this so difficult to understand?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:55pm
  28. I think it has been a good week. They have tried all these creepy things and all will fail. The more they holler means the better we are doing. Did you think the biggest mental right wingers would just roll over?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:56pm
  29. Yaaaay…For the Netherlands…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:56pm
  30. very good from my country, Netherlands! now the world!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:57pm
  31. I miss Amin the Dictator he was good for Uganda better than what they have now!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:58pm
  32. Why not look for this type of stuff in the USA as well? Take WI, for example. They recognize civil union but don’t you dare get married in another state and then try to live in WI. You can be fined $10,000 and jailed 9 months for it. How about we get indignant and pull federal aid to states that treat legally married couples as criminals.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:58pm
  33. We’re not even freezing all aid subsidy, only about a third of it… Atleast that’s what was being said on the news here in Holland…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:59pm
  34. Let the sanctions begin…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00pm
  35. Don’t bully me but homosexuality is a lifestyle not something you born with, and hell ya people should reject this hideous unhealthy lifestyle.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:00pm
  36. Hussein, I just wish you would give birth to a gay kid, did you chose to be the race you are, or did you chose to born a male? The answer is not, you ignorant, pathetic, full of hate person, one of your kids can be gay.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:10pm
  37. Jose Soto, as Hussein has decided to be an idiot (you know, he was not born idiot, he just decided that it was his lifestyle), he will not understand and if he ever gets a gay kid, he will be the kind of father bullying him, if not killing him.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:23pm
  38. Goodness - YOU IGNORANT

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:37pm
  39. here you go, calling names, you won sir congratulation, It's a choice and as I warren my kids from smoking cigarettes for example, rest in sure I will warren them from hideous act of sodomy and it dangers, I will raise them will. not letting them to you to delude people that homosexuality is something you born with and classify it with other civil rights. I'm sure my honest comments here will be deleted, but you have to tell the truth.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:38pm
  40. U.S. gives 400 MILLION in aid to Uganda yearly, time to stop that!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:01pm
  41. Every country in the world should free everything and anything going in and out of this literally 3rd world country

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:02pm
  42. Good for the Netherlands, we should pull aid out from Uganda too.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:02pm
  43. Freeze

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:02pm
  44. Hussein Suliman must be gay to understand that!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:02pm
  45. This country should do the something, stop the humanitarian AID to Uganda

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:05pm
  46. we need to fight violence with violence. words can only do so much.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:07pm
  47. Its one step in the right direction.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:08pm
  48. YAYYYYYYYYYY! And so the rockslide begins.. may it bury Museveni and his rabid cronies underneath the tons of S#IT they talk, eat, drink and breathe!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:08pm
  49. So true

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:11pm
  50. EVERY country should freeze all aid & severe all ties with this asshole country.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:11pm
  51. The USA needs to stop and freeze any and all support and subsidy to Uganda.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:12pm
  52. I understand it is ok with sex rape in Uganda

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:14pm
  53. Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:15pm
  54. I’m quite glad that I’m not in charge of a nation or I would have already threatened military force against half of Africa for this shit

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:18pm
  55. Yeah to the Netherlands!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:19pm
  56. Why hair them why not Russia as well, oh because there isn’t an economic back rub available in Uganda right now… Pffft

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:19pm
  57. Wh should cut every penny to them. Glad to see the UN is paying attention as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:19pm
  58. cut all aid, they’ll come begging!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:20pm
  59. Not a LIFESTYLE. When do you choose to like the opposite sex?????

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:20pm
  60. fk thwm guys ok

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:21pm
  61. I agree that homophobic, waste of life asshole, that shoulda been a brown stain on the mattress bigot needs to get what he deserves punishing people like us for bein who we are, but for those who are saying “cut the aid and i hope it happens” is a pretty stupid statement… If you cut it off…the citizens that oppose it INCLUDING trans and the gays will begin to suffer…greatly…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:22pm
  62. maybe they trying prevent hiv in their country i know in america they dont care they have obama care for gays but they may not b able to handle outbreak of hiv virus

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:22pm
  63. Our lives are just a healthy or not because of our behavior not the fact we are gay. I have been with the same man for over 15 years. Monogamist. Now tell me my life is more unhealthy than a single straight guy that have several sex partners a week.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:23pm
  64. good for the Netherlands

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:25pm
  65. Hussein Suliman your wrong!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30pm
  66. I just wish the US would stop aid to this country

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30pm
  67. Being gay is a choice!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30pm
  68. WTF No AID at all

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:30pm
  69. Hussein Suliman shut your ignorant rotten mouth!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:35pm
  70. Its not a choice, i was born this way!! Ask a doctor

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:36pm
  71. i dont want any american assistance to be sent to this country, come on washington -grow a set

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:41pm
  72. Your truth is hate

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:41pm
  73. Oh well Gay is not lifestyle.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:45pm
  74. Hussein Suliman I hope you teach them better grammar than you have got! God help any children unfortunate enough to born with you as a Father! !!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:47pm
  75. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I am appalled to have “Rehabilitation Counseling” in that sign! That is not what we do! This whole situation sickens me.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:48pm
  76. I support the movement of the Government of the Netherlands to refuse to fund a legal system designed to enshrine hate into law.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:49pm
  77. Hussein…..they said the same things about Blacks, they were subhuman, only good for slaverly. Um how does that feel?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:51pm
  78. Good. If Uganda wants to be uncivil, than they don’t need civil aid!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:52pm
  79. America the democracy!! Sarcasm.Went to the korean war killed over a million there.bombed and used chemical weapons in laos,cambodia,thailand and vietnam.funded both sides of the iraq and iran war million dead there.sanctioned iraq and n.korea over a million dead there.started wars in Nicaragua and honduras.went to war with Afghanistan over lies.they never attacked us .all because of poppy and pipelines.went to iraq over lies over a million dead there starting civil strife with help from gulf arab states.complained about syria using chemical weapons but you used depleted uranium in yugoslavia and fallujah iraq.theres babys being born with deformities now.used foreigb backed rebels to start wars in lybia and syria and thats spilling over in lebanon.supported the muslim brotherhood in egypt.drones strikes in pakistan and yemen.you complain about iran trying to get nukes.america Is the number one arms dealer in the world and had over five thousand nukes of peace lol.I know I missed alot but spreading lies of democracy to steal natural resources and start wars Is pretty hypocritical when you cry about human rights!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:53pm
  80. Hussein, you be spouting a different hate when you people come running to your door for food when the rest of the world cut funds to your 3rd world pathetic waste land of a country.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:54pm
  81. Yeah It was my last days in chicago before I lefted the u.s.I went to visit my long lost cousins family from my teal dads side in london for a month I moved to germany

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:57pm
  82. Yeah it was my last days in chicago before I lefted the united states to visit my long lost family from my real dafs side in london.then I moved to germany .

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:59pm
  83. Try again

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:59pm
  84. Tony DeMalio

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:59pm
  85. -_- Dude.. you’re such a fucking hypocrite.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:01pm
  86. I didnt know you had to be gay to go get your hair cut in a salon.thanx for the heads up nimrod lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:05pm
  87. Even if being gay was a choice, which it is not. Why would anyone choose to have others hate them, say vile things to/about them, be attacked, discriminated against, jailed, or killed? WHY would anyone “choose” to live a life that people like you look at as 2nd class humans. I bleed the same blood & breath the same air as you do, what makes you believe you are better than I when we are equal human beings?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:06pm
  88. fuck my life T_T just fuck it all to hell your fucking kidding me uganda then russia and now uganda wants attention again your fucking kidding me… cant the dictator of uganda just get over the fact that he is supressing his homosexual tendencies?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:08pm
  89. Lol.. 5 thousand nukes, riiight..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:08pm
  90. O yeah hitler was a piece ,did you know prescott bush helped fund him in other too.look it up over five thousand nukes no lie.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:12pm
  91. The Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazi regime during World War 2. In 1933 approximately nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed. The European Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust. But Jews were not the only group singled out for persecution by Hitler’s Nazi regime. As many as one-half million Gypsies, at least 250,000 mentally or physically disabled persons, and more than three million Soviet prisoners-of-war also fell victim to Nazi genocide. Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Social Democrats, Communists, partisans, trade unionists, Polish intelligentsia and other undesirables were also victims of the hate and aggression carried out by the Nazis.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:12pm
  92. Stalin killed way more people than hitler.im not saying thats right.but whos side was stalin on .stalin wasnt even russian.he was geogian.and that wasnt his real name .he changed it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:13pm
  93. I am American asshat

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:14pm
  94. Non of that was your fault like Non of those things is my fault

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:16pm
  95. What’s the topic here?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:16pm
  96. Ok who funded the Bolshevik revolution in russia that killed millions of millons of people.max warburg and others.wall street bankers.look it up.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:17pm
  97. I know your american and Im not blaming up.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:18pm
  98. Huh, so? Not my fault. I didn’t do it

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:18pm
  99. Every person and country should boycott Uganda and cut off all money.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:18pm
  100. My point is how can somebody preach human rights when there causing alot of harm.that my last message.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:19pm
  101. I am sure you are totally correct. I have been to Holland recently The hate is still there.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:19pm
  102. USA should also freeze all financial aid….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:19pm
  103. It’s not illegal to be Gay in America Dennis.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:21pm
  104. way to go holland!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:22pm
  105. And Germany sits back and does nothing to help all that harm

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:22pm
  106. I never said it was Synstelien Ben!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:30pm
  107. That shitty little country can’t survive on its own let cut off all aid and funding until his people over through the fucker

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:30pm
  108. Economic sanctions!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:31pm
  109. #ObamaSupportYourPeople

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:39pm
  110. GFY IDIOTS homosexuality is not an addiction or a disease so there is no rehabilitation or counceling needed unless you are the uneducated, close minded individuals that believe in that shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:44pm
  111. GOOD RIDDANCE UGANDA … We DONOT NEED YOUR COUNTRY!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:48pm
  112. Sounds like the words of an abusive parent.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:50pm
  113. REMEMBER THERE ARE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT WILL LOVE AND EMBRACE HUMAN BEINGS LIKE US …. You will
    Only be punishing your own people …. Which will
    Not affect a great majority .. GO AHEAD DUMB DUMBS..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:51pm
  114. Abusive UGLY PARENT AT THAT!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:51pm
  115. Good for you Netherlands!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10:56pm
  116. Way to go! Hit ‘em where it counts — their aid and other financial resources!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:01pm
  117. We ought to do the same we should keep all the aid money we have been sending and spend it at home on the flood victims .

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:28pm