State Dept. Met with Ugandan Leaders Over Weekend, Expressed U.S. Concern About Anti-Gay Bill
The U.S. State Department has its eye on Uganda with regard to movement of the so-called "kill the gays" bill and a U.S. envoy met with Ugandan leaders over the weekend to express concern, the Washington Blade reports:
Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokesperson, said during a daily briefing Monday that Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson met with high-profile leaders in Uganda “over the weekend” and raised concerns about the bill, which among other things would punish homosexual acts with life in prison. The questioning was initiated by the Washington Blade.
“As we have regularly said, we call on the parliament of Uganda to look very carefully at this because Uganda’s own Human Rights Council has made clear that if this were to pass, it would put the country out of compliance with its own international human rights obligations,” Nuland said. “And so, Assistant Secretary Carson had a chance to make that point again and our strong opposition to this, to the president, to the parliament and to key decision makers in Uganda.”
The bill could be headed for a vote as soon as this week.
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