Uganda: Open for Business Coalition Opposed to Anti-LGBTQ Bill

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The Open for Business coalition, which includes giants such as Google, Microsoft, and others, is opposing Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ legislation.

The business group said the law, which provides for the death penalty or life imprisonment for homosexual offenses, is of concern to global investors operating or planning to invest in the country.

The Open for Business coalition said in a statement on Wednesday that the law, if signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni, would harm the Ugandan economy, adding that diversity and inclusion are fundamental principles for its partners in conducting business.

Ugandan legislation passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill last week. Indeed, only two of the 389 legislators present at the voting session opposed the bill.

Now it is up to President Yoweri Museveni to sign it into law or send it back to the Speaker of Parliament with proposed amendments, as the US, the UN, and the EU have urged him to block the bill.

Jihan Rmili

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