Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, deplores that the President of Uganda has signed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill which further criminalizes homosexuality and makes it punishable by up to life imprisonment. "The Goverment of Iceland strongly supports the rights of LGBT people and this law is therefore very disappointing" says the Minister.
The law is in breach of human rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It contravenes the essential principles of non-discrimination enshrined in the International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, both ratified by Uganda. The Foreign Minister underlines that it is the responsibility of the Ugandan authorities to protect the human rights of all its nationals, homosexual and heterosexual alike.
Uganda is one of five key partner countries in the strategy for Iceland's development cooperation 2013-2016. Development cooperation with Uganda takes place on the district level and through NGOs.