Further U.S. Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Uganda

The U.S. government is taking a number of actions to underscore the critical importance placed on human rights and fighting against discrimination, protecting vulnerable populations, respecting freedom of expression and association, and advancing inclusive governance.

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2013 Human Rights Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices continue to point to a range of serious human rights abuses directed at LGBT populations. You can view and download the section, by region, of the report that catalogues "Societal Abuses Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"

here.

U.S. Secretary of State on the Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The United States is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. For the four years since the bill was introduced, we have been crystal clear that it blatantly violates human rights obligations that Uganda’s Human Rights Commission itself has recognized are enshrined in Uganda’s Constitution.

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Council Calls for President Obama to Raise LGBT Issues at Africa Summit

whitehouse-400pxIn August, President Obama will host the first-ever U.S.- Africa Summit.  The theme, “Investing in the Next Generation,” raises the hope that the next generation of LGBT Africans will have an equal opportunity to participate, as equal citizens, in the future of the continent. 

To promote an LGBT perspective, the Council wrote to President Obama to ask that the official program include LGBT individuals, organizations and experiences to enrich both the Summit and the generational advance to which it aspires.  The letter also highlights opportunities to make the business case for inclusion during business and trade forums at the Summit. 

See a copy of the letter here.

 

The Council for Global Equality Welcomes the White House Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Uganda

the white house washingtonThe Council for Global Equality welcomes today’s White House announcement of new, concrete steps in our country’s bilateral relationship with Uganda in response to President Museveni’s decision to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act earlier this year.  These steps reaffirm the importance the U.S. attaches to a foreign policy that prioritizes respect for the human rights of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – an important legacy of this Administration.

We take note in particular the announcement of new visa restrictions aimed at restricting entry to those deemed responsible for human rights abuses, including those enabled by this heinous law, and other corrupt practices.  In taking this action, the Administration has placed responsibility where it should lie – with those individuals who have enacted the new law, not the broader Ugandan people.  We urge that a speedy review of visa eligibility be the template for prospective U.S. responses whenever human rights are abridged, or corrupt practices undertaken, in any country.

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US Department of State LGBT Human Rights Fact Sheet

The United States Department of State recently released a fact sheet on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) human rights issues. The statement notes that "The U.S. Department of State has significantly expanded efforts to promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons over the past year." The State Department has focused on five areas of engagement under the Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.

  • Combating Criminalization of LGBT Status or Conduct Abroad
  • Protecting Vulnerable LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Foreign Assistance to Protect Human Rights and Advance Nondiscrimination
  • U.S. Responses to Human Rights Abuses of LGBT Persons Abroad
  • Engaging International Organizations in the Fight Against LGBT Discrimination

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

idahot-cge-hpThis past week we joined with the worldwide LGBT community in celebrating IDAHOT – the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Visit our blog for more information.

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