Kendall Martinez-Right, with Treatment Action Group, speaks during a protest outside the Ugandan Embassy over the Uganda’s parliamentary Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023 on April 25, 2023 in Washington, DC. LGBTQIA+ rights activists are taking part in a day of action across the United States to call on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to stop the bill, which passed on March 21, from going forward. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
In a statement issued on Monday (29), the British government said it was “appalled” at the recently implemented anti-homosexuality law by the Ugandan government.
The government further emphasised its unequivocal opposition to the imposition of the death penalty in any circumstances.
“This legislation undermines the protections and freedoms of all Ugandans enshrined in the Ugandan Constitution,” Andrew Mitchell, a minister in the foreign office department, said in a statement.
“It will increase the risk of violence, discrimination and persecution, will set back the fight against HIV/AIDs, and will damage Uganda’s international reputation,” he added, describing the law as “deeply discriminatory.”
Despite facing widespread condemnation from the international community and the potential threat of sanctions from aid donors, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a law that incorporates the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”
In response, the British foreign office affirmed its commitment to defending human rights and promoting freedoms within Uganda.