Several countries cut aid to Uganda over anti-gay law
One day after Uganda’s President signed into law a bill making homosexuality punishable with life imprisonment, several countries have already said they will cut aid to the country.
The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.
Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands have become the first three countries to cut their aid to Uganda following the decision to sign the bill by Museveni.
The Netherlands has stopped around £6 million in aid money which was intended for Uganda’s legal system, as the country did not want to contribute to the persecution of gay people.
Norway and Denmark have also said they will redirect aid directly to human rights groups, rather than the government.
This is the same policy which the British Department for International Development, which provides aid directly to organisations such as the UN, World Bank and Amnesty International.
Sweden has also said it will review its aid spending.
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