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UN, US unite against Uganda’s Anti-LGBTQ Laws

The United Nations, UN, and the United States, US, have jointly warned that Uganda’s progress in tackling HIV is in grave danger after the president Yoweri Museveni, approved new anti-homosexuality legislation.
In a statement, they said an increasing number of people are being discouraged from seeking vital health services for fear of attacks and punishment following the new law.
President Yoweri Museveni had signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law still regarded amongst the harshest anti-LGBTQ laws in the world after parliament watered it down.
Activists regard the bill, a “legalised state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia” but parliamentary speaker, Anita Among, welcomed Mr Museveni’s decision to sign the bill into law, saying it would “protect the sanctity of the family”.
According to her statement on Twitter, they have stood strong to defend the culture, values and aspirations of the people.
The sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Asman Basal Irwa, had told newsmen, it does not bother anybody if two adults are engaged in gay sex in private just as the law does not look for those who are doing their things in private but that the problem is where one seeks to do it in public and which amounts to recruiting others to do things their way.
The lawmaker also accused the US of making the speaker the first official to face punitive action over the new law as it had cancelled a visa issued to her.
The US embassy in Uganda has not commented on the allegation as at the time of filing this report.
The bill was passed in parliament earlier this month, with only one MP opposing it.
The UN and US have led in the fight against HIV/ Aids in Uganda that by the year 2021, 89% of people living with HIV in Uganda knew their status, more than 92% of them were receiving antiretroviral therapy, and 95% of those on treatment were virally suppressed hence they as one, are calling for the Act to be reconsidered so that Uganda may continue on its path to ensure equitable access to health services and end Aids as a public health threat by 2030.

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