Sweden joined a growing number of countries lobbying for Uganda to defeat a new anti-gay law Ugandan officials expect to pass.
Uganda already criminalizes homosexuality, but if the new law passes, people charged with more than one count of homosexuality or any other crime that amounts to “aggravated homosexuality” could face the death penalty. The law would also put anyone caught promoting homosexuality or hiding someone he or she knows to be homosexual behind bars.
“I’m doubly disappointed, partly because Uganda is a country with which we have had long-term relations and where I thought and hoped we had started to share common values and understanding,” said Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden’s Development Assistance Minister.
Each year, Sweden gives Uganda $50 million in aid.
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– Simon Husted