House of Lords written question – answered on 26th September 2014.

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Photo of Lord Verjee Lord Verjee Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what diplomatic initiatives they have undertaken following the passing of anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda; and to what extent are they supporting British non-governmental organisations in working towards a future of equality within the country.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State, Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

The UK welcomes the decision of the Ugandan Constitutional Court on 1 August to annul the Anti-Homosexuality Act. We have consistently raised our concerns about the legislation with the Ugandan government. Most recently the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, and the former Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my Hon. Friend Mr Simmonds, raised the issue in separate meetings with President Museveni on 6 May.

The UK has worked closely with international partners to register our concerns, and to seek assurances about the protection of individuals. With our support, EU Heads of Mission in Kampala initiated strengthened political dialogue with Uganda under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement.

We engage closely with UK and other civil society groups working in Uganda, and are stepping up our support to organisations that protect minority rights.

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