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Uganda

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Labour, St Helens South and Whiston

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government has made to civil society groups, churches and media organisations (a) in Uganda and (b) internationally in relation to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill before the Ugandan Parliament; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Our high commission in Kampala has discussed our concerns about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill with a wide range of interlocutors, including from religious groups and the media, and works closely with Ugandan civil society groups campaigning for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights, including support for training, advocacy, and legal cases. President Museveni and I discussed the issue with civil society representatives during a visit to Uganda on 9 April. Officials have also consulted closely with UK based international non-governmental organisations on our approach.

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