Uganda's "anti-homosexuality" law is a "tragic violation" of human rights and must be repealed, Biden said Monday, citing possible consequences for U.S. aid and investment in the country. The US president said he had asked his services to study the consequences of this "shameful" law on "all aspects of cooperation between the United States and Uganda", including aid and investment, according to a statement.
The passage of this law "compromises the prospects of essential economic growth for the whole country," he continued, calling for "its immediate withdrawal". The US authorities are studying "additional measures", such as sanctions or restrictions on entry into the territory of the United States for "any person associated with human rights violations or acts of corruption", added the Democratic president.
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The text, which sparked outrage from human rights organizations, provided for heavy penalties for same-sex relations and the "promotion" of homosexuality. "No one should be constantly afraid for their lives, or subjected to violence or discrimination. This is unacceptable," Biden said.