World Bank Should Not Approve Loan to Uganda Until Change in LGBTI Policies | Freedom House

World Bank Should Not Approve Loan to Uganda Until Change in LGBTI Policies

Washington

As the World Bank considers releasing a $90 million health care loan to Uganda, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"The decision in February by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim to withhold the health care loan to Uganda reflected his pragmatic concern that LGBTI Ugandans would be denied equitable and safe access to health care benefits in a country that is among the most toxic in the world with respect to sexual minorities," said Chloe Schwenke, vice president for global programs at Freedom House. "Given Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law and the serious flaws in its draft guidelines for access to health by LGBTI persons, the release of this loan would be the height of irresponsibility."

Background:

Uganda's draft guidelines would place the burden of disclosing homosexual status on the patient. They would also likely deem transgender Ugandans as not having a "fit mental state", empowering medical authorities to ignore informed consent requirements.

Uganda is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2013 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

Learn more:
Press Release: Uganda’s New Anti-LGBTI Law a Huge Step Backwards
Global Day of Action against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Freedom in the World 2013: Uganda
Freedom of the Press 2013: Uganda
Freedom on the Net 2013: Uganda
Blog: Freedom at Issue

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