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State Department Guidance On Uganda

Jim Burroway

December 4th, 2009

This is considered “guidance” and not an official statement from the U.S. State Department. But it is on record at least:

“We are disturbed by violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization and prejudice that are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity. We condemn human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity wherever they occur. We urge states to take all the necessary measures to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties– in particular, execution arrest or detention. If adopted a bill further criminalizing homosexuality would constitute a significant step backwards for the protection of human rights in Uganda.”

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke against efforts to marginalize LGBT people. Without mentioning Uganda specifically, she said, “We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide.” This State Department guidance builds on her statement and addresses Uganda specifically.

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.



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