The news that health facilities in Uganda have received notification to stop enrolling new patients in PEPFAR programs confirms what we have suspected and reported on since mid 2009---that the Obama administration is curtailing its commitment to PEPFAR.
Over the past 2 months, PHR activists have sent more than 2200 emails to their Senators and Congressperson, urging them to condemn Uganda's horrific Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Yesterday, the Senate took a stand. Thanks in part to your advocacy, the Senate passed a resolution (S.R. 409) that not only condemns Uganda's anti-homosexuality law, but also calls on governments around the world to reject and repeal similar laws that criminalize homosexuality.
House Resolution (H.R.) 1064, which condemns Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, was introduced in the House last week and currently has 39 cosponsors. Representative Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is the primary sponsor of the bill.
On Thursday January 21, 2010, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) is holding a hearing to discuss the proposed Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The hearing will be from 2-3:30pm in Rayburn House Office Building and is open to the media and public.
The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill has sparked heated debate, both locally and internationally, surrounding the future of human rights in Uganda. If imposed, the bill will both violate the human rights of the gay community and potentially impact every citizen in Uganda who relies on international aid.