HIV project funded by the U.S. raided by Ugandan authorities on pretext that it was 'training youths in homosexuality'
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/7/2014 (2 years ago)
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Claiming that it was "training youths in homosexuality, the Ugandan government Uganda police raided a U.S. - funded HIV project. The action took place shortly after the president of Uganda signed into law a controversial anti-homosexual measure.
Drawing international condemnation, Uganda's anti-homosexual law prompted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to liken it to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, has since suspended its operations after one of its staff was briefly detained in the raid last week.
It was the first such action after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a bill in February that calls for "repeat homosexuals" to be jailed for life and requires people to report gays.
Drawing international condemnation, the law prompted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to liken it to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.
"Police today busted Walter Reed Project for training youths in homosexuality," Ugandan government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo told reporters last week.
Police said they had arrested and briefly detained one individual at the Walter Reed premises in Kampala, but denied a raid had taken place.
"We had for some time being following up on one person who had a regular presence at the premises and was engaged in suspicious activities with other people involving recruitment and training of youths into homosexuality," Kampala police spokesman, Ibn Senkumbi says.
The project receives U.S. funding and has expanded to treat other communicable diseases.
A message posted on its Web site said it had suspended its activities after an employee was briefly detained.
"Until we have greater clarity as to the legal basis for the police action, the operations of the program are temporarily suspended," it said.
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