US Informs Companies of 'Risks' in Uganda Due to Anti-LGBTQ Legislation in Country
© AFP 2023 ISAAC KASAMANIA person holds an umbrella bearing the colors of the rainbow flag as others wave flags during the the first gay pride rally since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed, in Entebbe, on August 9, 2014.
© AFP 2023 ISAAC KASAMANI
Signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law by the Ugandan President Museveni in late May prompted the West to impose punitive measures on the country, urging it to repeal the legislation. The United States imposed travel restriction on the state officials, while the World Bank suspended loans to the East African country.
The United States issued a business advisory on Uganda, which warns the US companies conducting business in the East African country or planning to do so of risks due to the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill there, according to a press release of the US State Department.
"Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) on May 29, 2023, further increases restrictions on human rights, to include restrictions on freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly, and exacerbates issues regarding the respect for leases and employment contracts," the statement read.
On May 29, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, which aims to "protect family values" and criminalizes same-sex relations. The enactment of the legislation provoked condemnation by the US, which threatened to cut its aid and investment in Uganda, as well as imposed travel restrictions on the officials of the African state. In addition, US leader Joe Biden called the passage of the bill a "tragic violation of universal human rights."
Apart from this, the Ugandan leader accused "homosexuals in the United States" of hindering the country's textile exports after several US firms ceased to buy the African state's raw materials because of the anti-gay legislation.