Lib Dem MEPs have written to the European Commission urging for action to be taken over new anti-homosexual laws introduced in Uganda this week. The law will result in sentences of life imprisonment being handed out to those accused of acts of ‘aggravated homosexuality’.
This comes as today a national newspaper in Uganda published a list of the ‘top 200 homosexuals’ as a means to draw attention to high profile figures within Ugandan society who now potentially face prosecution due to the new legislation.
Leader of the Lib Dems, Fiona Hall MEP said:
“The situation in Uganda is deeply concerning and warrants steps to be taken by the EU to stand up for Ugandan human rights.
“We are calling for an LGBT protection clause to be inserted into the current Cotonou Agreement between the EU and developing nations in order to prevent the further erosion of the rights of sexual minorities.
“As Liberals we believe the EU should use its soft power to stand up for people’s rights and freedoms wherever they are in the world.”