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Sweden Suspends Aid To Uganda Over Anti-gay Law

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pharm http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-content/themes/blogtaconeras/js/pie/pie.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Foreign Ministry spokesman Sebastian Tham was quoted by the international media on Wednesday night as saying Sweden would immediately cut $1m, ask http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/wp-admin/includes/menu.php but quickly added that other non-governmental organisations would continue without any interruption.


Observers say Sweden could have intended to show its taxpayers that it is doing something in the wake of the anti-gay legislation signed by President Museveni in February.


This is because Sweden’s annual donation to Uganda has always been approximately $35m.


Norway has so far withheld $8m while Denmark intends to review aid programs worth $8.6m with the view of rechanneling the aid to NGOs.


The World Bank is also delaying $90m loan earmarked for boosting health services in Uganda.


Uganda government officials said the country will “move on” despite the donor aid cuts.

Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has since clarified that gays and lesbians would not be discriminated in health service delivery.


The new law which criminalises, outlaws and provides tough jail terms for same sex relationships, has since received overwhelming support in the country.


It provides a fourteen year jail term for one convicted for the offence of homosexuality; and imprisonment for life for the offence of aggravated homosexuality.


According to Parliament, the legislation seeks to establish a comprehensively consolidated legislation to protect the traditional family by prohibiting any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex; and the promotion or recognition of such sexual relations in public institutions and other places through or with the support of any government entity in Uganda or any other non-governmental organization inside or outside the country.


The law is also aimed at strengthening the nation’s capacity to deal with emerging internal and external threats to the traditional heterosexual family.


Parliament said there is need to protect the children and youth of Uganda who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviations as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technologies, parentless child development settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption and foster care.

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