France expresses deep concern regarding the bill currently before the Ugandan parliament,' the French foreign ministry said in a statement sent to AFP in on Monday. Kampala
reiterates its commitment to the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.' France
In an opinion piece published in
's Observer newspaper on Monday, the author of the bill, lawmaker David Bahati, argued that 'homosexuality is not a human right'. Uganda
'The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a nice piece of legislation. It aims at holding the integrity of Ugandans high in the sky,' Bahati argued.
'The fact that the moral fabric of
America and Europe has been put under siege by the supporters of this creeping evil of homosexuality should not suggest that we follow suit.'
Also on Monday, Human Rights Watch reported that four members of the US House of Representatives have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the bill, arguing that its passage would undermine the effectiveness of American taxpayer funds spent in
to help curb HIV and AIDS. Uganda
'This egregious bill represents one of the most extreme anti-equality measures ever proposed in any country,' Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a letter, co-signed by three other lawmakers.
Last year, the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) spending in
amounted to almost $US300 million ($A334 million), around 2.6 per cent of the Ugandan economy, Ros-Lehtinen noted. Uganda
'We believe the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would undermine the substantial
US contribution to through PEPFAR and raise serious questions about the effectiveness of this global health investment,' she wrote. Uganda