The United States Government on Friday announced a ban targeting Ugandan officials, citing human rights abuses and corruption.
The Department of State said it is taking steps to impose visa restrictions under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Joe Biden administration noted that the U.S. government will continue to evaluate additional actions under the policy.
The affected individuals are accused of being responsible for/complicit in corruption, undermining the democratic process, and abusing human rights, including those of LGBTQI+ persons.
Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023, enacted in late May, prescribes prosecution and life imprisonment or the death penalty for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual people.
The Department of State has also updated its travel guidance to Americans to highlight the risk that LGBTQI+ persons, or those perceived to be LGBTQI+.
The U.S. assures “strong support” for Ugandans, expressing commitment “to advancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Uganda and globally.”