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Anti-Homosexuality Law - Press Release

Thursday, 27th February 2014

The Minister of Foreign Affairs today met Ambassadors of Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the US to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Law recently assented by His Excellency the President.

They all expressed their governments' objection of the passing of the Bill.

However, there was consensus from the Ambassadors that they value the partnership with Uganda and far reaching decisions will not be taken in haste as they continue to engage the Ugandan government on the issue. The Ambassadors were mindful that they do not want ordinary people to suffer as a result development assistance cuts, as they are closely observing the implications of the Law.

On his part Hon. Kutesa reiterated the President's position on the Law but emphasized that its intention is not to discriminate, harass or witchunt homosexuals but prohibited promotion and exhibition of homosexuality in Uganda. The Minister further added that "we should examine this issue in a cool and rational manner", with continued engagement as a way forward.

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