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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe on Feb. 24, 2014. (James Akena/Reuters)
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe on Feb. 24, 2014. (James Akena/Reuters)

U.S. applies sanctions to Uganda over anti-gay law Add to ...

The United States on Thursday cancelled a regional military exercise in Uganda, imposed visa restrictions, diverted funds for a health institute to another country and cut funding for a Ugandan police program in response to a law that imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality.

Senior U.S. administration officials, speaking before the announcement by the White House, said the stepped-up measures were carefully targeted at those responsible for abuses related to implementation of the anti-gay law and involved in corruption.

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The officials said the steps would not directly impact HIV/AIDS and food programs that benefit ordinary Ugandans.

“The idea is to send a signal to perpetrators and would-be perpetrators that we are indeed monitoring, that we are indeed prepared to take measures, and that there are consequences,” a senior administration official told Reuters.

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