On Thursday, June 19th, the White House announced that the US will be cutting and redirecting aid to Uganda in response to its harsh anti-homosexuality laws. This comes roughly 3 months after the passage of the law and two weeks after Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa was elected President of the UN General Assembly.
The US’ specific plan includes the following, as outlined on the White House Blog:
- Restricting entry to the United States by implementing a visa ban on Ugandan individuals involved in human rights abuses or corruption
- Ceasing support for Uganda’s community policing program in order to address police abuse related to the anti-homosexuality law
- Redirecting certain financial support for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to other partners by shifting funding to non-governmental organizations, thus untying US aid from the Ugandan government
- Relocating funds for a planned public health institute and other measures relating to health programming to another country within Africa, in addition to relocating the National Institutes for Health genomics meeting to South Africa
The US will not, however, suspend humanitarian support or its commitment to help end the Lord’s Resistance Army.