development assistance

Swedish Aid Minister: Uganda Anti-Gay Law "Appalling"

Sweden could cut back on development assistance to Uganda if the country introduces a new law against homosexuals. Anyone caught having gay sex in the African nation could be sent to jail for 7 years, and even sentenced to death. People working in gay rights organisations could also face imprisonment.

Speaking to Swedish Radio news, development minister Gunilla Carlsson says that she thinks the new law is "appalling".

"I'm doubly disappointed", she says, "partly because Uganda is a country with which we have had long-term relations and where I thought and hoped we had started to share common values and understanding. The law itself is wretched, but it's also offensive to see how the Ugandans choose to look at how we see things, and the kind of reception we get when we bring up these issues"

Uganda receives around 50 million US dollars in development assistance from Sweden annually, minister Gunilla Carlsson says that this money might be in danger if the new law is introduced.