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White House press secretary condemns Ugandan court’s Anti-Homosexuality Act ruling

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During a briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned the ruling issued hours earlier by a court in Uganda that upheld the East African country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, a law that contains a death penalty provision for “aggravated homosexuality.” “The announcement that some provisions of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act have been removed by the Constitutional Court is a small and insufficient step towards safeguarding human rights,” Jean-Pierre said.

The press secretary continued, “The United States is deeply concerned about the remaining provisions which undermine public health, human rights and Uganda’s international reputation.” She added, “As the president has said time and time again, no one should have to live in constant fear nor be subjected to violence or discrimination.

It is wrong. We will continue to work to advance respect for human rights for all in Uganda and also around the world.” After the Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law last May, the U.S.

implemented visa restrictions on Ugandan officials and excluded the country from a program allowing sub-Saharan African countries to trade with the U.S.

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