The European Business Council for Africa

The European Union regrets the signing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Act by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The law introduces severe punishments, including the death penalty to which the EU is opposed in all circumstances.

This law is contrary to international human rights law and to Uganda’s obligations under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, including commitments on dignity and non-discrimination, and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.

The Ugandan government has an obligation to protect all of its citizens and uphold their basic rights. Failure to do so will undermine relationships with international partners.

The European Union will continue to engage with the Ugandan authorities and civil society to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, are treated equally, with dignity and respect.