Skip to content

Uganda accuses U.S. of blackmail

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/20/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Criminalization of homosexuality sees U.S. cut funding

The U.S. has been accused of blackmail by Uganda, after President Barack Obama's administration cut funding to Uganda and cancelled a joint military exercise.

Uganda's decision to criminalize homosexuality has been met by protests abroad and internally.

Uganda's decision to criminalize homosexuality has been met by protests abroad and internally.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/20/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: News, International, Africa


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This action is a response to a new Ugandan law which criminalizes homosexuality, and Ugandan official Ofwono Opondo was not happy.

You can be the change that breaks the cycle of ignorance and poverty.

"We think it is simply blackmail," he said. "We have said it before, homosexuality is not a fundamental human right. In our own constitution, it is not guaranteed as a fundamental right."

On June 19, the U.S. announced that it had canceled plans for a U.S.-sponsored military exercise which was to be held in Uganda. Obama's administration also cut funding to the country and barred entry for Ugandans believed to have been involved in any human rights abuses.

In February 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the measure that criminalized homosexuality, giving the guilty sentences of up to life in prison. This legislation drew immediate condemnation from much of the international community.

U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said that Uganda's legislation ran "counter to universal human rights."

When Opondo was asked if he thought America's position would jeopardize Presidents Museveni's chance to attend a White House summit of African leader in August, he was critical.

"The United States government should use that summit to engage with the president of Uganda through diplomatic channels rather than blackmail. Preventing him from attending the summit, that would not in any way cancel the validity of the law passed by Uganda. So, we think that continuous engagement is much better than blackmail."

Opondo claims that the U.S. did not formally notify Uganda about these penalties, and that the nation found out about them through media reports.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JANUARY 2018
Religious Minorities in Asia.
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.


Comments


More Africa

Courageous police rescue six hostage nuns in Nigeria Watch

Image of

During a two day police operation, six women religious who were captured in Nigeria's Edo state two months ago were released unharmed on ... continue reading


Archaeologists open two new Egyptian tombs, discover mummy, artifacts Watch

Image of A mummy was discovered inside one of the tombs, but the identity is unclear.

Archaeologists have opened two new tombs at the Egyptian temple complex of Luxor. The tombs, near the ancient tomb of Hatshepsut, were ... continue reading


Over 200 worshipers killed during Friday prayer in BRUTAL terrorist attack in Egypt Watch

Image of The mosque located in Egypt's North Sinai province was the target for the attack.

Up to 235 people have been killed during Friday prayers at a mosque in Egypt. The death toll, including many children, may continue to rise ... continue reading


Madagascar plague outbreak appears to be new, antibiotic resistant strain, can kill within three hours Watch

Image of A worker is disinfected after clearing a house of a plague victim. There are inconclusive reports the disease can kill within three hours. Such fast-killing diseases typically burn themselves out before they can spread far. The WHO has sent 1.2 million doses of antibiotics to the region.

An ancient disease is stalking humanity once again, and this time it is exceptionally deadly. The plague has reemerged in Madagascar and is ... continue reading


Missionary priest kidnapped in Nigeria Watch

Image of An Italian priest has been kidnapped in Nigeria.

An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in Benin City, Nigeria, ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.