The civilized world is incensed over Uganda’s new law that puts gay people in prison for up to life, as well we should be. Jim Burroway reports on some of the steps being taken to punish the Ugandan government economically for passing that bill.
Sweden provides about US$10 million in aid to Uganda. Shortly after the Anti-Homosexuality Bill was proposed in 2009, Sweden warned Uganda that the bill was placing Sweden’s foreign aid at risk…
Norway, Demark and the Netherlands, which collectively had provided $27 million in aid to Uganda, have announced that they are cutting aid to the Ugandan government. On Friday, the World Bank announced that it was putting on hold a $90 million loan to Uganda’s health service. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the State Department is reviewing its relationship with Uganda. The U.S. currently gives more that $486 million in bilateral aid. On Wednesday, the U.S. Ambassador to Kampala said that the U.S. would deny visas to Ugandans who “incite violence, people who propagate hate, (and) who have used political violence.”
But that’s the stick. There are also some positive steps we can take to help the LGBT community there directly. We can start taking asylum applications from them and approving them in an expedited fashion, for example (Scotland is doing exactly that). We can fund the setting up of refugee camps for those fleeing the country. And we can do the same things in Nigeria, Russia and much of the Muslim world as well.