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:

UgandaVictoria 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.

Uganda's 'Kiill the Gays' Bill, Explained [tlrd]


  1. Steve says

    Where is the outrage on the behalf of U.S. churches when organizations such as the AFA support this movement in Uganda? I find it reprehensible that our so-called Christian communities sit back and let this kind of stuff happen. Hypocrites, all of them.

  2. Paul R says

    How did the Blade initiate a State meeting with foreign officials? I’m not complaining, but it seems weird.

  3. gregory brown says

    Ugandan politicians are playing a dangerous game with people’s lives. It is made easier by the influence of radical “religious” elements within the country and outside. The pols think that the oil they have will outweigh the terrible cost to many of the country’s citizens: the law is written to jeopardize gay people as well as most others who may have any knowledge of or contact with them.

    This assault on decency should be rejected and severely ostracized by the US government.

  4. ***** says

    Thus we see the end result of missionary work to Africa such as that sponsored by Dan Cathy and all those ChickFilA eaters. I hope that chicken sandwich tastes good with the blood of other humans spicing it up.

  5. Francis says

    Good to see the State Department on this. This law is going to pass and even with the US government and other governments worldwide cutting aid to Uganda, the religious conservatives here and in other countries, and other anti-gay countries such as Russia, are going to pick up a lot of the tab. This is a full-blown crises and lives are clearly in the line of fire. Hopefully there is something being done to get the LGBT citizens of Uganda out of the country.

  6. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Steve: For whatever reason, Christians to the left of the Religious Right generally have no clue what the Religious Right is up to. By explanation but not excuse.

    @Francis: Citizens of Uganda who violate provisions of the Kill-the-Gays bill outside of Uganda place themselves in danger of being extradited and tried in Uganda.

  7. aj says

    It’s simple – Cut Off Every Single American Funding programs and assistance programs to that Country! Those are GLBT TAX Monies that will be spent on a country and regime bent on killing and imprisoning their GLBT Citizens!!

  8. Francis says

    Yes, I know, Diogenes. Which is why these Ugandans should be allowed the opportunity to petition for permanent residency. We need to give these Ugandans an assured safe place. Not just the US but other countries should open their arms to LGBT Ugandan citizens and do everything possible to help save them, because we know pretty clearly that they are very much at risk of being killed throughout the country for who they are.

  9. Alex Macfie says

    Diogenes: Extradition normally works according to the “dual criminiality” principal, so gay expatriate Ugandans could only be extradited to Uganda if they were living in another country where homosexuality was illegal. [If the dual criminiality principle didn’t apply in extradition cases, then any country’s law would have apply globally, so if any act was illegal in some country it would effectively be illegal everywhere!] Indeed gay asylum seekers from Uganda would find it easier to prove their case if Uganda were to start extradition proceedings against them, as the very existence or threat of an extradition request would be evidence of a well-founded fear of persecution!