John M. Becker

Report: Netherlands Partially Suspends Aid to Uganda

Filed By John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Netherlands, Uganda, Yoweri Museveni

dutch-flag.jpgFrom Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, via Google translate (and slightly cleaned up):

Dutch assistance to the Ugandan government has been suspended after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni ratified the Anti-Homosexuality Law, Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade) and Minister Frans Timmermans (Foreign Affairs) announced today.

Timmermans stated that the [Ugandan] president has put his signature under this Act... "International pressure has unfortunately not deterred him. This is a bad day for human rights in Uganda," said Timmermans, who will propose taking international action.

For example, he says, in the European context the law is not consistent with international human rights treaties which also Uganda has signed. Enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Law therefore has consequences for the Dutch relationship with the Ugandan government, says Timmermans.

The Dutch government provides about 23 million (€) to Uganda. A €7 million fund for the justice sector (including human rights training for police, education for prisoners and the establishment of internal inspection) has been stopped.

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