John M. Becker

Report: U.S. Further Curtailing Uganda Aid

Filed By John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: AIDS, Anti-Homosexuality Bill, CDC, foreign aid, foreign assistance, foreign policy, HIV/AIDS, U.S. assistance, Uganda, United States

obama-angry.jpgBuzzFeed reports that multiple unidentified sources have confirmed that the United States government plans to take four specific steps to suspend and/or redirect American aid to Uganda. The forthcoming actions are in direct response to Uganda's enactment of a draconian "jail the gays" law and represent the strongest steps taken by the United States so far.

Money will be shifted away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a group that has publicly come out in support of the anti-gay law and has received millions of dollars in grants from the United States to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some $2.3 million will continue to go to the IRCU to continue treatment for some 50,000 current patients, but an additional $6.4 million intended for the IRCU will go to other organizations.

Second, because the law makes "promoting homosexuality" illegal, a U.S. funded study to help identify populations at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS has been suspended. The study, which was going to be conducted by a Ugandan university and the Center for Disease Control, has been suspended out of fear that both staff and survey respondents could be put in danger.

Third, because any LGBT person or LGBT ally who now enters Uganda is at risk, money intended for tourism programs will be redirected. "Therefore, approximately $3 million in funding designated for tourism and biodiversity promotion will be redirected to NGOs working on biodiversity protection," Lalley said.

And finally, the Department of Defense had several events scheduled in the country later this spring and those will be moved to other locations. "Certain near-term invitational travel" for Ugandan military and police personnel has also been suspended or canceled.

The news comes just ten days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suspended funds that the Ugandan Ministry of Health was using to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits. The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and the World Bank have all suspended or redirected aid money away from the Ugandan government in response to the country's barbaric crackdown on LGBT human rights.

So far, the price tag for Uganda's persecution of its LGBT citizens is at least $127 million.

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