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Sweden responds to Uganda’s proposed “Kill Gays” bill

Timothy Kincaid

November 28th, 2009

Sweden may cut back their development assistance to Uganda if the draconian new anti-homosexuality bill passes.

From Radio Sweden

Speaking to Swedish Radio news, development minister Gunilla Carlsson says that she thinks the new law is “appalling”.

“I’m doubly disappointed”, she says, “partly because Uganda is a country with which we have had long-term relations and where I thought and hoped we had started to share common values and understanding. The law itself is wretched, but it’s also offensive to see how the Ugandans choose to look at how we see things, and the kind of reception we get when we bring up these issues”

In all, Sweden’s response puts about 50 million dollars at risk.

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$50 million is vast amount of money for a country like Uganda. Accounting for the differences in population size and nominal GDP, $50 million in Uganda is equivalent to just under $50 billion in the USA.

I hope that the US & UK (who are probably Uganda’s biggest aid donors) follow Sweden’s example.

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Well, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has already condemned this bill.

As for President Obama, I think that he’s still thinking about it.

Perhaps he will assemble a blue ribbon panel to study if speaking against the Ugandan death penalty for gays is worthy of his oratory skills.