A photo collage of US President Joe Biden and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni Image: The Star

US warns citizens against traveling to Uganda over anti-gay law

In Summary

  • It has also advised the supporters of the dignity and human rights of LGBTQI+ persons to stay vigilant.
  • In May, Museveni signed into law the anti-gay bill, which prescribes tougher penalties for ”aggravated homosexuality”.
A photo collage of US President Joe Biden and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni Image: The Star

The government of the United States of America has updated its travel advisory for Uganda following the recently enacted anti-LGBTQI+ law.

In a statement, the US advised its citizens to reconsider travelling to Uganda due to crime, terrorism, and anti-LGBTQI+ legislation.

“Anti-Homosexuality Act raises the risk that LGBTQI+ persons, and those perceived to be LGBTQI+, could be prosecuted and subjected to life imprisonment or death based on provisions in the law, and may be subject to mandatory reporting to the police if they are suspected of committing or intending to commit the acts,” the statement read.

It has also advised the supporters of the dignity and human rights of LGBTQI+ persons to stay vigilant as they could be prosecuted and imprisoned for multi-year sentences.

“Some areas have increased risk.”

The updated advisory also states threat of terrorist attacks and violent crimes such as armed robbery, home invasion, and sexual assault, presents a serious threat to those visiting and residing in Uganda.

“Local police may lack appropriate resources to respond effectively to serious crime in most areas.”

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