The government of United States (US) has renewed its travel advisory note to its citizens, urging them to rethink moving to Uganda and or be mindful while in the country due to the newly Issue Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Besides violent crime and terrorism, the U.S. Department of State, though the Monday, June 12, advisory indicated that the newly assented law by President Yoweri Museveni was a threat to populations that align to the LGBTQ orientation.
The note states that there is increased risk of terrorist attacks and armed robberies that pose threats to its citizens.
The advisory reads in part; “Violent crime, such as armed robbery, home invasion, and sexual assault, presents a serious threat to those visiting and residing in Uganda and can occur at any time, especially in larger cities, including Kampala and Entebbe, in the Karamoja region, and along Uganda’s western and northern borders,” the statement reads in part.
It further states; “Supporters of the dignity and human rights of LGBTQI+ persons (including those of youth under the age of 18) could be prosecuted and imprisoned for multi-year sentences. Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Uganda,”
They therefore advise citizens who intend to travel to the country to keep a low profile and be mindful that any public identification with the LGBTQI community as a member or a supporter could be grounds for prosecution.