European leaders condemn Uganda’s anti-gay law

Nick Clegg: Uganda’s anti-gay law is an abhorrent backwards step

The British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has tweeted his strong opposition to Uganda’s anti-gay law, as the country’s President signed it into law today.

Mr Clegg tweeted: “The Ugandan anti-gay law is an abhorrent backwards step for human rights. It should never be a crime to be LGBT.”

William Hague ‘deeply saddened and disappointed’ with Uganda’s President for signing anti-gay law

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says he’s “deeply saddened” by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s decision to sign anti-gay legislation.

He released a statement saying: “I am deeply saddened and disappointed that the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda has been signed into law. The UK strongly opposes all discrimination on any grounds. We question the bill’s compatibility with Uganda’s constitution and international treaty obligations. There can be no doubt that this bill will increase persecution and discrimination of Ugandans, as well as damage Uganda’s reputation internationally.”

Mr Hague added: “We ask the Government of Uganda to protect all its citizens and encourage tolerance, equality and respect. We will continue to press the Government of Uganda to defend human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds.”

EU foreign policy chief slams Ugandan President for signing ‘draconian’ anti-gay law

EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton has condemned the President of Uganda for signing the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, describing the move as “draconian”.

“I am deeply concerned about the news that Uganda will enact draconian legislation to criminalise homosexuality”, Baroness Ashton said in a statement.

“The EU deplores discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. It is firmly committed to fundamental human rights and the rule of law in respect of those rights, including freedom of association, conscience and speech and the equality of persons.

“Uganda has binding international human-rights obligations. With this in mind, it is important that the anti-homosexuality law be thoroughly examined on the basis of those commitments and its constitutionality.”

She added: “I call on the Ugandan authorities to be guided by dialogue, tolerance and the respect for the dignity of all people.”

The new law punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail, and allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of “aggravated homosexuality”. It also makes it a crime not to report gay people to the authorities. Lesbians are covered by the bill for the first time.

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