Pathfinder International Profoundly Disappointed with Enactment of Anti-LGBT Law in Uganda
Pathfinder International is saddened and disappointed to note that this week Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law, a bill that toughens penalties against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, including life imprisonment for those convicted of homosexuality. Around the world, many organizations and governments have expressed similar sentiments at this action, including IPPF, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and amfAR.
The consequences of this law will likely be profoundly adverse. LGBT individuals and even those suspected of being so, will face public humiliation, increased violence, and persecution; they will face increased vulnerability to HIV infection; and they will be further ostracized by their families and their communities.
At Pathfinder International, we are dedicated to inclusive programs that take into account the needs and interests of vulnerable, marginalized populations and the protection of human rights for everyone including the LGBT community.
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