We are deeply concerned that a U.S.-funded health clinic and medical research facility, the Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), was raided by Ugandan authorities on April 3, leading to the arrest of one of the facility’s employees, allegedly for conducting “unethical research” and “recruiting homosexuals.” While that individual was subsequently released, this incident significantly heightens our concerns about respect for civil society and the rule of law in Uganda, and for the safety of LGBT individuals.
The MUWRP is engaged in efforts to improve public health and save lives. The Ugandan government is responsible for protecting all of its people, and attacks and intimidation of health care workers are unacceptable. The safety of health workers must be respected. We have temporarily suspended the operations of MUWRP to ensure the safety of staff and beneficiaries, and the integrity of the program.
- Remarks at the Launch of Makerere University Ethics and Human Rights Association – March 28, 2014
- Ambassador DeLisi Interview with BBC World Service on the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law – February 26, 2014
- Audio of Ambassador DeLisi Interview with BBC World Service on the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law – February 26, 2014