US Government Announces More Sanctions for Errant Ugandan Officials

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday announced sanctions against current and former Ugandan officials who committed human rights abuses against opposition leaders and other groups including homosexuals.

“After Uganda’s flawed 2021 presidential elections, I announced a visa restriction policy targeting those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda,” said Blinken in a statement. “At that time, I implored the government of Uganda to significantly improve its record and hold accountable those responsible for flawed electoral processes, violence and intimidation,”

Blinken announced “the expansion of the visa restriction policy to include current or former Ugandan officials or others who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda or for policies or actions aimed at repressing members of marginalized or vulnerable populations.”

“These groups include, but are not limited to, environmental activists, human rights defenders, journalists, LGBTQI+ persons and civil society organizers,” he said. “The immediate family members of such persons may also be subject to these restrictions.”

In response, the Ugandan leader called some Western actors, including the lender, “insufferable” and noted that foreign loans are not a “decisive” element in the implementation of the country’s socio-economic program.

In addition, Museveni later blamed “homosexuals in the US” for preventing textile exports from the country after several US clothing manufacturers stopped buying Ugandan raw materials because of the anti-LGBT law.
In early November, Washington similarly excluded the East African nation from the African Growth and Opportunity Act’s preferential trade program, citing alleged “gross violations” of human rights.
* The “LGBT movement” is classified as extremist by the Russian authorities and is banned in Russia.
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