US senator seeks Uganda aid freeze over anti-gay law

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on February 24, 2014 in EntebbeAn influential US lawmaker on Tuesday proposed withholding aid to Uganda after the African nation’s president signed a controversial new measure imposing life prison sentences for homosexuals. “I am deeply concerned by the decision of President (Yoweri) Museveni of Uganda to sign into law the anti-homosexuality bill,” Senator Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the chamber and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. “Much of US assistance to Uganda is for the people of Uganda, including those in the Ugandan LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community whose human rights are being so tragically violated,” he added. “But we need to closely review all US assistance to Uganda, including through the World Bank and other multilateral organizations.”

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