Reports: Uganda HIV/AIDS organization raided

Published: April 3, 2014

Ugandan authorities on Thursday reportedly raided the offices of a U.S.-funded HIV/AIDS service organization.

Police reportedly surrounded the offices of the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala, the country’s capital. Onziema, a transgender Ugandan LGBT rights advocate, noted on Twitter that authorities raided the group’s research site for conducting “illegal homosexual research.”
The Makerere University Walter Reed Project did not immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment.
The organization notes on its website that it has conducted HIV research in the East African country since 1998. The group said it “expanded its portfolio to include prevention, care and treatment activities” in 2005 under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in February signed the so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law that imposes a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of repeated same-sex acts.
The White House announced after Museveni signed the controversial measure that it had begun a review of its relationship with the Ugandan government.
The U.S. has suspended a study to identify groups at risk for HIV/AIDS the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had planned to conduct with a Ugandan university. A CDC agreement that fully or partially funded the salaries of 87 employees of the Ugandan Ministry of Health who support the country’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic expired on Feb. 28.
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