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Ugandan Human Rights Activists Working To Overturn Anti-Gay Law

Inter Press Service: Anti-Gay Law Will be Overturned Say Uganda’s Campaigners “Human rights campaigners who filed a recent legal petition against Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law believe that they have a compelling case for its nullification. … On Tuesday, Mar. 11, a coalition of campaigners filed a petition with Uganda’s Constitutional…

Ugandan Activists Petition Anti-Gay Law In Court

News outlets report on the continued controversy surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Reuters: Ugandans petition court over controversial anti-homosexuality law “Ugandans opposed to a new anti-homosexuality law that punishes gay sex with long jail sentences have filed a constitutional petition alleging that the law violates fundamental rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Act metes…

Law Stigmatizing MSM In Myanmar Hinders HIV Efforts

IRIN: Reaching out to men who have sex with men in Myanmar “A colonial-era law criminalizing ‘unnatural’ sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar ‘hidden, silenced, and shamed,’ hindering efforts to contain HIV/AIDS among this highly at-risk group, AIDS experts and…

Sweden Suspends Some Aid To Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law; Official Defends Law At U.N.

News outlets continue to cover reaction to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law, signed last month by President Yoweri Museveni. Devex: Aid freeze deepens after Uganda’s anti-gay bill “The government of Sweden announced on Wednesday it will withhold all bilateral financial assistance to Uganda in response to the passing last week of a…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 238 of its “Global Fund Observer.” The issue includes an article on the fund’s concern about the public health implications of the new anti-gay law in Uganda; an article on feeding programs for…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Not Affect Maternal, Child Health Program, Official Says

News outlets continue to report on reaction to and implications of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law. Associated Press/Washington Post: Aid cuts, delays hit Uganda’s poor health sector “The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said…

New York Times Examines Foreign Policy, Diplomacy Surrounding Gay Rights

New York Times: Antigay Laws Gain Global Attention; Countering Them Remains Challenge “…The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate…”…

U.S. Releases Annual Global Report On Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State released its annual report on human rights on Thursday, with remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry and further remarks by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya. Several news outlets discuss findings of the report. Associated Press:…

Donors To Uganda Continue To Announce Aid Suspensions Because Of Anti-Gay Law

As international outcry over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill continues, the World Bank announces it has postponed a loan to the country meant to strengthen its health care system. Associated Press: Uganda slapped with aid cuts over anti-gay law “Uganda’s government has been hit with substantial aid cuts after the president enacted…

Criminalizing Homosexuality ‘Might Do Untold Damage’ To HIV Treatment, Prevention Efforts

The Lancet: Criminalizing homosexuality threatens the fight against HIV/AIDS Ashton Barnett-Vanes of St. George’s University of London “…Criminalizing homosexuality might do untold damage to HIV treatment and prevention efforts that have succeeded in engaging with the homosexual community. … The ambitious goals to tackle HIV by 2015 as outlined by…