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EU Ambassador Expresses Disappointment Over Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law



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The European Union (EU) ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici, has expressed surprise and disappointment over Uganda’s decision to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. The law, which was signed by President Yoweri Museveni on May 26, 2024, imposes harsh penalties for consensual same-sex relations, including life imprisonment.

Ambassador Pacifici stated that the EU had hoped Uganda would reconsider its position on the law, as it goes against the values of equality and non-discrimination. He emphasized that the EU respects Uganda’s sovereignty but also expects it to uphold international human rights standards.

The ambassador’s comments come amid growing international criticism of Uganda’s anti-gay legislation. Several countries and human rights organizations have condemned the law, warning of its negative impact on the rights and freedoms of LGBT individuals in Uganda.

Uganda has faced backlash from the international community for its treatment of LGBT people in the past. In 2014, the country passed a similar law criminalizing homosexuality, which was later overturned by the Constitutional Court on procedural grounds.

Ambassador Pacifici reiterated the EU’s commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT individuals worldwide. He called on the Ugandan government to respect the rights of all its citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The EU envoy’s remarks highlight the ongoing debate over LGBT rights in Uganda and the challenges faced by LGBT individuals in the country. Despite international pressure, Uganda has maintained its stance on the issue, raising concerns about the protection of human rights in the country.

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