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Sweden to resume development aid payments to Uganda

| Monday, July 28, 2014
sweden
Just four months after suspending development aid payments to Uganda over passage of an anti-homosexuality law, the Swedish embassy in Kampala said Monday that Sweden would extend nearly $200 million in development support to Uganda over the next five years. The aid would go to improve child and maternal health, sustainable growth and...

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Uganda court rules against activists who said official violated their rights

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Simon Lokodo
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Uganda court on Wednesday ruled against a group of gay rights activists who sued a Ugandan official they say violated their rights. Justice Stephen Musota ruled against four LGBT activists who had sued the ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, for shutting down a February 2012 workshop. Musota said the workshop participants....

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Moroccan appeals court upholds convictions for homosexuality

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Morocco
A Moroccan appeals court has upheld the convictions of several men accused of homosexual acts. At least four of the six defendants in the case in central Morocco were convicted July 2 on charges that included “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex,” according to Human Rights Watch.

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Controversial Ugandan official may get United Nations post

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Sam Kutesa became known to many Ugandans after he was ousted as a junior investment minister by lawmakers over charges he abused his office. Now foreign minister, he has been implicated in at least two more scandals since 1999, including allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign companies seeking oil contracts in Uganda.

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South Africa elects country’s first openly gay, black MP

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Zakhele Mbhele
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has elected the country’s first openly gay, black Member of Parliament (MP). Zakhele Mbhele, 29, was sworn in last week as part of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament, and is thought to be the first gay black MP on the African continent.

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South Africa ends blood donor ban on gay men

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
South-Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa – South African National Blood Service (SANBS) has dropped a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood.

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Gambia president threatens to kill asylum seekers who cite anti-gay laws

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh is threatening to kill asylum seekers who cite the country's anti-gay laws and tarnish his image as a leader, reports African press agency APA.

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Human rights groups report surge in gay rights abuses in Uganda

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rebecca Vassie, APUgandans supportive of their government's anti-gay stance attend a march and rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are reporting a surge in the rights violations of gay people in Uganda following the enactment of a severe anti-gay law.

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Uganda’s president urged to veto ‘flawed’ HIV transmission law

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights groups are urging Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni to veto a new measure that they say hurts the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country.

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Two Ugandans go on trial for acts ‘against the order of nature’

| Wednesday, May 7, 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.
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan court has started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in gay sex, the first trial since a severe new anti-homosexuality law was enacted in February.

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