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Germany Denounces Antihomosexual Law In Uganda

March 14th, 2014

On the 24th of February 2014,Yoweri Museveni, the current president of the Republic of Uganda enacted the a so called “antihomosexuality” law that enables anyone to be sued for any homosexual behavior as well as for the promotion of LGBT rights. The sanctions could eventually go as far as life imprisonment. Moreover, the day after the law was promulgated a tabloid published a list of 200 supposedly know homosexuals in Uganda.

Therefore, Christoph Strässer, representative concerning human right and humanitarian assistance for the federal minister of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned such a promulgation by the president of the Republic of Uganda. Plus, he also deplored vigorously the publication of the list on the front page of a Ugandan newspaper. “Such a publication is a violation of the concerned people’s human right, in particular of the right to privacy and equality”, he said.

He added that “Human rights are universal and indivisible. Respect, protect, and promote the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersexuals people is for the Ugandan State an obligation. Media are required to respect human rights as well”.

 This speech has been made in the context of the German-African cooperation. Indeed, Germany is focusing a major part of its development aid toward Afrika with several programs such as Aktion Afrika.

Complete speech (in German)

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