US State Dept Voices “Deep Concerns” About Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

June 20th, 2012

U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland addressed concerns over reports yesterday that Uganda was once again considering the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This is what she said at yesterday’s briefing:

QUESTION: Uganda?

MS. NULAND: Yeah.

QUESTION: The anti-homosexuality bill is under consideration again by the parliament. What’s – we’ve talked about this before. What steps is the Administration taking to try to dissuade them from this?

MS. NULAND: Well, we’ve obviously had this on our agenda with Uganda ever since this issue first came up, not only with the government but obviously with members of the legislature. And we will continue to raise our deep concerns about this.

As you know, the Ugandan Government has taken some recent steps to make clear that they are not supportive of some of these moves that are going forward. So in particular, their own human rights commission in 2010, in their annual report, they determined that the anti-homosexuality bill violated Uganda’s own constitution and international law. Other members of the Ugandan civil society have also been speaking out, and we’ve obviously been supportive of those efforts.

So we are very concerned about this. We are resolutely opposed to the bill. We think it’s inconsistent with Uganda’s international human rights obligations, and this just sets a bad, bad precedent in the neighborhood. So we’ll continue to make those points clear, and we’ll make them clear to the individuals who are having to take this vote in the parliament.

Charles

June 23rd, 2012

Has the State Department condemned Saudi Arabia’s death penalty law for homosexuals? And, why are large American based mufti-national corporations buying oil from Saudi Arabia as long as they have such laws on the books? My guess is that our country’s lust for oil overrides any such action. Is anyone on Box Turtle planning a vacation in Saudi Arabia?

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