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Sweden cuts aid to Uganda over anti-gay bill

Ugandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering “rehabilitation” for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. AP

STOCKHOLM  — Sweden has joined a number of countries in halting aid to Uganda after the East African nation strengthened its anti-gay legislation last week.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Sebastian Tham said Wednesday that Sweden will immediately cut planned aid worth 6.5 million kronor ($1 million) to the Uganda government, but will continue with other non-governmental programs. In 2013, the total amount of Swedish aid to Uganda was $35 million.

Last week, Nordic neighbor Norway said it will withdraw at least $8 million in aid to Uganda’s government while Denmark announced it will restructure aid programs worth $8.6 million away from the Ugandan government and over to private actors and civic groups.
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  • jcsantos

    Probably getting a lot of Catholic church funds to counter the decreasing aid. This is revealed in the US documentary about how some Catholic “charity” organizations go house to house to advertise their funding for street children in Africa, which actually goes straight to politicians willing to support anti-gay laws in Uganda, especially the death penalty.

    • pinoyjunk

      hahaha….hakahaka mo….the Catholic Church is not against gays or homosexuality. Educate yourself. I’m not even a catholic and I know that fact. The Catholic church is only against gay marriage.

      • jcsantos

        “Not against gays or homosexuality” despite repeated lobbying for their removal from Human Rights Laws? Right…

      • pinoyjunk

        hahaha…hakahaka mo nanaman….imagination mo lang yan….otherwise post a link to a legitimate news article proving your point.

        As I said RC is only against gay marriage and gay marriage is not the only human rights law for gays.

      • jcsantos

        If you can post here, you can google. I can’t post any link here anyway.

  • pinoyjunk

    In protest, gays should just move to other countries and wait until Uganda is ready for gays, if ever that time comes.

  • pinoyjunk

    The international community has double standards. If they are taking action against anti-gay rights in Uganda, why can’t they do the same for the anti-women rights in many rich countries in the middle-east…..because they need their oil more than they care for the women?

    pffft. China and Russia, which are also anti-gay, will just be very willing to fill-in the gap and have opportunity for more influence to the country.

    The proper action should have been to invite them for talks regarding gay rights and increase aid in exchange for dropping harsh anti-gay laws.



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