Biden Threatens to Sanction New Country For Anti-LGBTQ Law

Biden Takes Aim at Country For Anti-LGBTQ Law

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In a statement on Monday, President Biden urged for the swift annulment of Uganda’s recently enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act and cautioned about potential sanctions. The administration is currently assessing the impact of this legislation on all aspects of US involvement with Uganda.

“This shameful Act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda.  The dangers posed by this democratic backsliding are a threat to everyone residing in Uganda, including U.S. government personnel, the staff of our implementing partners, tourists, members of the business community, and others,” after the law was passed by lawmakers and subsequently signed into law by Uganda’s president, Biden penned a response.

The recently implemented anti-gay legislation imposes severe penalties, such as the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality and a life sentence for engaging in same-sex relations. Aggravated homosexuality is defined by the state as homosexual acts involving individuals infected with HIV, acts involving minors, disabled individuals, or individuals coerced through drug administration.

Biden strongly advocated for the repeal of this Ugandan law and issued a stern warning about taking substantial action against the country. In his statement, Biden disclosed that he instructed the National Security Council to assess the implications of this law on the United States’ involvement with Uganda. This evaluation includes determining whether the U.S. can continue providing services under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief while ensuring safety. Furthermore, Biden highlighted that the implementation of this new law might impact Uganda’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

“And we are considering additional steps, including the application of sanctions and restriction of entry into the United States against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption. I join with people around the world—including many in Uganda—in calling for its immediate repeal. No one should have to live in constant fear for their life or being subjected to violence and discrimination. It is wrong,” Biden further stated.

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