Uganda accuses US of pushing ‘LGBT agenda’ after pushback to anti-gay law

Uganda has accused the US of promoting an “LGBT agenda” following backlash over anti-gay laws.

Deputy Foreign Minister Okello Oryem: “There has been a coup d’état at the U.S. State Department. It has been hijacked by people promoting an LGBT agenda in Africa.” Said In a Reuters article on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday expanded an earlier visa restriction policy targeting “those believed to be responsible for or complicit in undermining Uganda’s democratic process.” The expansion now targets officials and others who have engaged in or been complicit in “policies or actions aimed at the oppression of marginalized or vulnerable people.”

“These groups include, but are not limited to, environmental activists, human rights activists, journalists, LGBTQI+ people, and civil society organizers,” Blinken said. Said In a statement. “Immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.”

Back in May, Uganda’s president signed an anti-gay law. The law calls for the death penalty in cases of “aggravated sodomy,” defined as acts committed by people with HIV or homosexual acts involving children, people with disabilities, or people who have been drugged. Intention. They are also calling for the establishment of prisons for homosexuals.

“This shameful legislation is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda. It is a threat to all residents of Uganda, including members of the community,” President Biden wrote after lawmakers passed the bill.

The bill faced criticism from both sides of the American political spectrum. Sens. Bob Menendez (D.N.J.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have all expressed disapproval of the bill.

“Laws that criminalize homosexuality and impose the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ are grotesque and abhorrent,” Cruz said at the time. “All civilized nations should unite in condemning this human rights violation. #LGBTQ.”

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