The Netherlands to reduce ties with Uganda over LGBTIQ+ law


The Netherlands is reducing its ties with Uganda following the introduction of a new law making homosexuality a capital offence.

Foreign trade minister Liesje Schreinemacher said on Sunday it is “deeply appalling that Uganda has definitively adopted extreme anti-LGBTIQ+ legislation.”

“The Netherlands will, at the very least, cease participation in law enforcement programmes… We will continue to actively support the protection of the LGBTIQ+ community,” the minister said.

More measures are likely to follow, the minister said. 

On Monday Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, signed the world’s harshest anti-LGBTQ+ bill, which allows the death penalty for homosexual acts. The move has drawn condemnation from many Ugandans as well as widespread international outrage.

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