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Activists Question Whether U.S. Should Cut Aid to Uganda

March 25, 2014

News outlets discuss the implications of Uganda's anti-gay law on U.S. foreign aid to the country.

New York Times: Uganda's Anti-Gay Law Complicates U.S. Aid in Rebel Hunt

"On the February day that President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signed a law making homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison, the White House sharply criticized the measure as 'more than an affront' and warned that the administration would review the American relationship with Uganda in light of the law. A month later, administration officials have announced that President Obama is sending more Special Operations forces and additional military aircraft to help Mr. Museveni as he continues to hunt down Joseph Kony, the elusive rebel commander who is bent on toppling the Ugandan government.... On Monday, a number of [human rights advocates] questioned Mr. Obama's support for advancing civil liberties in Africa..." (Cooper, 3/24).

Washington Blade: Activists differ over calls to cut Uganda aid

"LGBT rights advocates in Uganda and other countries continue to disagree over whether the East African nation should lose foreign aid over a law that imposes a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex sexual acts ..." (Lavers, 3/24).

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