The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, yesterday Monday described as “deplorable” the adoption in Uganda of a new law against the LGBTI+ community, which provides for heavy penalties for same-sex relationships and the “promotion” of homosexuality.

“Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni’s promulgation of the anti-homosexuality law is despicable. This law goes against Uganda’s human rights and obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, including commitments to dignity and non-discrimination, and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment,” Borrell said in a message on Twitter.

“The Ugandan government has an obligation to protect all its citizens and respect their fundamental rights. Failure to do so will undermine relations with international partners,” a statement added.