Cape Town – Uganda has reportedly defended its toughened law on gays at the main United Nations rights forum, saying the new legislation was aimed at “protecting” youth from homosexuality and discouraging public displays of gay love.
President Yoweri Museveni signed a draconian anti-gay law last month and it imposes a life sentence for certain violations and makes it a crime not to report anyone who breaks the law.
According to The Globe and Mail, Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Aparr told the United Nations Human Rights Council that sexual orientation was "not a fundamental human right" as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark 1948 treaty.
Onyanga Aparr said the law was not intended to discriminate, persecute or punish homosexuals but it aimed at “protecting and defending Ugandan society from social disorientation”.
Sweden on Wednesday said it would stop development aid payments to Uganda "because of the anti-gay legislation".
Other European nations, namely Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands have also announced they would freeze their aid to the Ugandan state.