UNITED NATIONS, United States, Feb 25, 2014 (AFP) - The UN chief called on
Uganda Tuesday to repeal a tough new law imposing life terms on homosexuals,
warning it could fan violence and impede responses to HIV and AIDS.
Ban Ki-moon "urges the government to protect all persons from violence and
discrimination," his spokesman said.
He added that Ban "hopes that the law can be revised or repealed at the
The UN chief believes that life terms "could fuel prejudice as well as
encourage harassment and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender persons," a statement added.
"It may also obstruct effective responses to HIV/AIDS."
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed off on the controversial
law that will see homosexuals jailed for life, shrugging off warnings from key
international allies and donors.
The signing of the law, which also outlaws the promotion of homosexuality
and requires people to denounce gays, came despite fierce criticism from US
President Barack Obama and a warning that ties between Kampala and Washington
would be damaged.
The UN secretary general's concerns were conveyed to Uganda's permanent
representative to the United Nations in New York on Monday, Ban's spokesman