Activists Demand Stricter EU Sanctions Against Uganda Over Anti-LGBT+ Law

Activists in the US are urging the EU to cut 200 million euros in aid to Uganda. This follows Uganda's recent enactment of an extreme anti-LGBT+ law. In front of an EU office in Washington, American activists accuse Europe of "all talk" but "no action".
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This is reported by the Washington Blade. The activists demand that Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, "hold the Ugandan government accountable" for human rights violations.

The demonstrators also want the EU to reconsider recently pledged financial support to the country. At the very least, the activists say, the funds should not flow through Ugandan government institutions.

In March, the EU announced plans to allocate around 200 million euros to Uganda. This money is intended for various sectors including the tech industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, and young female entrepreneurs.

However, it seems unlikely that European Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, responsible for International Partnerships, will freeze the funds. This position was outlined in a letter to the European Parliament last September.

Uganda's anti-LGBT law is one of the harshest in the world, with some cases of "aggravated homosexuality" carrying the death penalty. Its enactment sparked outrage and condemnation in the West. Earlier this month, a Ugandan court refused to invalidate the law.

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