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State Department to Block Ugandan Officials from Entering U.S., Cut Funding Over Anti-Gay Law

The State Department has announced new measures in reaction to Uganda's passage of its Anti-Homosexuality Law earlier this year. The measures include restricting Ugandan officials' entry into U.S., cutting funding to certain programs, and canceling participation in Africom military exercises.

MuseveniNSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden released a statement on the response:

As President Obama has stated, the Government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship. We announced in April a series of initial responses, and we have since considered how further to reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Today, we are announcing several additional steps. Specifically, the Department of State is taking measures to prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals. In addition, the United States will take steps, consistent with current authorities, to prevent entry into the United States by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.  We are also discontinuing or redirecting funds for certain additional programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute, and cancelling plans to hold a U.S. military-sponsored aviation exercise in Uganda.

None of these steps diminishes our commitment to providing development and humanitarian support for the Ugandan people, or our partnership with the Ugandan government to counter the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army and improve security in Africa. We will seek to advance these interests even as we continue—in Uganda and around the world—to oppose discriminatory practices and champion human rights for all. 

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  1. fantastic news!

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jun 19, 2014 2:25:13 PM


  2. Now that is leadership.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 19, 2014 2:25:49 PM


  3. Good.

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 19, 2014 2:35:15 PM


  4. So they're going to be doing this with Russia as well right?

    Posted by: Asher | Jun 19, 2014 2:53:36 PM


  5. "So they're going to be doing this with Russia, as well, right?

    No, of course not.

    Because,

    a) Russia did not legislate a death penalty for simply having sex with someone of the same gender,

    b) Russia is not a recipient of any kind of US aid,

    and

    c) The US and Russia do not engage in joint military exercises of any kind.

    Nothing Russia has done remotely compares to the viciousness the black countries of Africa and the Carribean have perpetrated.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 19, 2014 3:03:28 PM


  6. I wonder if this means they are going to prevent Sam Utesa, of Uganda, from taking his post as President of the U.N. Won't that burn the ass of the Ugandans!

    Posted by: jmartindale | Jun 19, 2014 3:12:51 PM


  7. "I wonder if this means they are going to prevent Sam Utesa, of Uganda, from taking his post ass President of the U.N."

    They can't do that. Even though the UN Headquarters is physically located in the United States, it is exempt from US jurisdiction, although I don't know to what extent....kind of the same way the Vatican is located in Italy, but is an independent "country".....

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 19, 2014 3:15:43 PM


  8. From what I read, that isn't true, Rick. "In past, problematic cases — such as with a previous Iranian nominee in the early 1990s and more recently with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir — the U.S. has either signaled opposition to the applicant and the request has been withdrawn, or the State Department has simply declined to process the application. Those options, as well as approving or denying the application, are available in the current case."

    Posted by: jmartindale | Jun 19, 2014 3:21:05 PM


  9. @ "Nothing Russia has done remotely compares to the viciousness the black countries of Africa and the Carribean have perpetrated.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 19, 2014 3:03:28 PM"


    Oh, yes! And Reverend RICK, we all know how much great consern you've shown for the lives of Black Gay folks around the world

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 19, 2014 3:29:57 PM


  10. A bit short on specifics...

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jun 19, 2014 3:30:15 PM


  11. Surely this also applies to Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, correct?

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 19, 2014 3:31:58 PM


  12. Randy--I am reading that there have been occasions that diplomats have been refused entry. I haven't found out yet if that applies to officers of the UN.

    Posted by: jmartindale | Jun 19, 2014 3:34:08 PM


  13. Now can we also refuse re-entry to the nutjob Xtianists that happily export this kind of hatred & bigotry abroad?

    That would be delicious.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jun 19, 2014 4:39:48 PM


  14. Randy:
    The evil witch house speaker Rebecca Kadaga no doubt is on the blacklist. I hate to say this again. She was received by the former Pope on her visit to the Vatican. So was the French homophobe from Manif pour tous received by the current Pope Francis who should also be banned.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 20, 2014 2:12:46 AM


  15. How about banning American Christians exporting their hate...forbid them from going to Uganda (and Russia).

    They lost the battle here and now they are taking it on the road to any receptive audience.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jun 20, 2014 8:04:26 AM


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