Didier Reynders pleased with positive conclusion for compatriot in Uganda

date: 11 February 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the Ugandan police have rescinded the charges against Steven Dhont, who was arrested and detained in Uganda because of his sexual orientation.

The Belgian Embassy in Uganda has provided him consular assistance. The Ugandan police today decided not to prosecute and have returned his passport to him. He may now leave the country if he wishes to.

Minister Reynders is pleased with this positive conclusion. This case has demonstrated that freedom of sexual orientation is unfortunately not always a vested right in many parts of the world. The Minister will continue to work for the recognition of this right.