Norway to Cut Aid to Uganda

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed on Monday a new law making homosexual practices punishable by life imprisonment. The law has aroused strong reactions, and Foreign Minister Brende has already announced that Norway will cut aid to Uganda by NOK 50 million.

– Not a single penny of Norwegian taxpayers money should go to the Ugandan authorities, says foreign policy spokesman of the Progress Party (FrP), Kristian Norheim

Norheim believes Norway must monitor the situation carefully and consider further measures.

– I appreciate Brende for having reacted so fast. The Progress Party wants all future aid to Uganda should go to civil organizations in the country. The Ugandan government should not get one more penny, says Norheim.

He believes that Norway must use every chance to discuss the unacceptable situation with the government of Uganda.

– Being able to live as a free human being with own preference whether it be homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual or transsexual should be respected in the countries receiving Norwegian aid. Respect for human rights should be emphasized more strongly in our aid efforts, says Norheim.

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