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United States deeply troubled by Uganda’s passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda [File: Mike Hutchings/Reuters]

Press Statement
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
May 29, 2023

The United States is deeply troubled by Uganda‚Äôs passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, a law that undermines the human rights, prosperity, and welfare of all Ugandans.  Uganda‚Äôs failure to safeguard the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons is part of a broader degradation of human rights protections that puts Ugandan citizens at risk and damages the country‚Äôs reputation as a destination for investment, development, tourism, and refugees.

The United States urges the Government of Uganda to refrain from implementing laws that undermine human rights.

In the context of the serious concerns conveyed by President Biden, I am announcing today that the Department of State will develop mechanisms to support the rights of LGBTQI+ individuals in Uganda and to promote accountability for Ugandan officials and other individuals responsible for, or complicit in, abusing their human rights.  I have also directed the Department to update our travel guidance to American citizens and to U.S. businesses as well as to consider deploying existing visa restrictions tools against Ugandan officials and other individuals for abuse of universal human rights, including the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons.

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