(Headline USA) Joe Biden’s State Department announced it is imposing visa restrictions for Ugandans it accuses of “undermining the democratic process” in Uganda after the country passed an anti-sodomy law.
A statement from the State Department did not name any targeted individuals.
It said the U.S. will consider other possible actions “to promote accountability for Ugandan officials and other individuals responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda.”
The State Department claimed these individuals were “abusing human rights, including those of LGBTQI+ persons.”
Uganda’s new law, adopted last month, punishes homosexuality, including with the death penalty in some radical cases.
The legislation has been widely condemned by sodomite activists, but it has wide support in Uganda.
Homosexuality was already illegal in Uganda under a law criminalizing it because it is “against the order of nature.”
The punishment for that offense is life imprisonment.
Sodomy is criminalized in more than 30 of Africa’s 54 countries.
Africans see it as behavior imported from abroad and not a sexual orientation.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press