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Jacob Zuma

South Africa president says he ‘respects’ Uganda’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The president of South Africa on Tuesday said he respects Uganda’s right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at an anti-gay rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Uganda police raid U.S. project known to offer HIV treatments to gays

Friday, April 4, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan police raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to gays, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex. [ Read more → ]
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.

Uganda holds ‘thanksgiving’ event in celebration of anti-gay law

Monday, March 31, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality "is criminal and it is so cruel." [ Read more → ]
APRev. Christopher Senyonjo, 82, gives a sermon on human sexuality at his makeshift church, the size of a small office, in Kampala, Uganda.
Senyonjo's sermons attract many gays who are familiar with his sympathetic views in a country where other Christian preachers have led Uganda’s anti-gay crusade.

Despite tough new anti-gay law, Uganda cleric ministers to local gay community

Saturday, March 29, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counseling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays. [ Read more → ]
White-House

White House takes action in response to Uganda’s anti-gay law

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday said it was taking action in response to the recent passage of Uganda an anti-gay law, signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in January. [ Read more → ]
Ruhakana Rugunda

Uganda official says U.S. cut as much as $6 million in aid because of anti-gay law

Friday, March 21, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

U.S. suspends some aid to Uganda health ministry over anti-gay law

Friday, March 14, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The U.S. has suspended some aid to Uganda's ministry of health, officials said on Thursday, the first such response by the U.S. since the passage of Uganda's harsh anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24. [ Read more → ]
File

Uganda human rights activists challenge anti-gay law in court

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality. The activists - under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law - hope the... [ Read more → ]
red--pepper-tabloid

Telecom giant pulls ads from Uganda paper over publishing names of ‘suspected’ gays

Monday, March 10, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- An LGBT advocacy group says the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising from a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted last month. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

The PR campaign to whitewash the right’s anti-gay Uganda history

Sunday, March 9, 2014
As a communications person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law. For the last five years, human rights advocates around the world been discussing how U.S. conservative figures were integrally involved in the creation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (originally called the “Kill the Gays Bill”). [ Read more → ]
Sweden

Sweden is fourth European nation to freeze aid to Uganda over anti-gay law

Friday, March 7, 2014
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The government of Sweden announced Wednesday that it would stop development aid payments to Uganda because of the anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24. [ Read more → ]
APCardinal Peter Turkson

Vatican official criticizes Uganda’s anti-gay law, calls for its repeal

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A Vatican cardinal has criticized Uganda's anti-gay law and called for the repeal of its severe penalties. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said Tuesday that "homosexuals are not criminals" and shouldn't be sentenced for up to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
APJohn Kerry

Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

World Bank delays $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan pupils from different schools take part in an event organized by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, at the Omega Healing Center outside of Kampala, in Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Kerry: U.S. launching new effort to combat anti-gay laws worldwide

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON — Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights. [ Read more → ]
APIn this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, Uganda's health minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, speaks to the media outside Mulago Hospital, Uganda’s national referral hospital, in Kampala, Uganda.

Uganda health minister: Gays will not be denied medical care

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected to become even more difficult for the country's homosexuals, including getting health care. The Ugandan government has issued assurances that health workers will not discriminate against homosexuals, but some gays say they are not confident about that. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Tuesday, February 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. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APA Ugandan reads a copy of the "Red Pepper" tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the president Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

Uganda tabloid prints list of ‘top’ homosexuals

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
White-House

White House: U.S. reviewing relations with Uganda due to anti-gay law

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House says the United States is reviewing its relationship with Uganda because of the African nation's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Museveni

Uganda president calls gays ‘disgusting’ in interview after signing anti-gay law

Monday, February 24, 2014
Just hours after signing a harsh anti-gay law that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni called gays "disgusting" in an interview with CNN. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry: ‘A tragic day for Uganda, all who care about the cause of human rights’

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secreatry of State John Kerry and the White House issued statements Monday denouncing Uganda president Yoweri Museveni's signing of a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, homosexual behavior. [ Read more → ]
via Twitteruganda President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill into law.

International leaders, LGBT community react to signing of Uganda’s anti-gay bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- A look at world reactions after Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, repeated gay sex between consenting adults. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, in Entebbe, Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

BREAKING: Uganda’s president signs harsh anti-gay bill into law

Sunday, February 23, 2014
ENTEBBE, Uganda — Uganda's president on Monday signed an anti-gay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground as the police try to implement it amid fevered anti-gay sentiment across the country. [ Read more → ]
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