Curia Collaborates with Corning to Advance Biopharmaceutical Continuous-Flow Development and Manufacturing Programs

Collaboration marks the first global installation of Corning’s G1 production system to support higher-quality API-chemical production using inherently safer flow-chemistry technology

ALBANY, N.Y., March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization, today announced a collaboration with Corning Incorporated to expand and accelerate continuous-flow development and manufacturing programs for the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries globally. The collaboration with Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ Reactor (AFR) team includes the first installation of Corning’s G1 production system, designed for the continuous industrial production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API).

Continuous flow chemistry is critical for the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical intermediates and APIs, and provides advantages compared with traditional batch processing. It is an inherently safer technology that delivers faster and more robust material production with a higher selectivity of desired products.

“Innovation in drug development and production calls for safety at high speed,” said Christopher Conway, president, Research & Development, Curia. “The implementation of Corning’s G1 Production Reactor at our Albany facility expands our capability to provide scalable solutions that address complex development and manufacturing requirements facing the pharmaceutical industry. Using advanced technology and standardized workflows, Curia offers continuous flow chemistry from targeted development to commercial scale globally.”

The G1 production reactor includes an updated set of dosing lines and controls that enable continuous operations and compliance to cGMP standards.

“Collaborating with an innovation-focused company like Curia will help drive advancements in the chemical-processing industry,” said Alessandra Vizza, business director, Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors. “The implementation of Corning’s G1 production system can deliver a host of benefits. The system is an inherently safer technology that will help Curia reduce time to market with higher-quality chemical and API processing, increased efficiency of chemical and API synthesis, and lower production costs.”

“Additionally, the space-saving, energy-conserving, and waste-reducing benefits of Corning’s AFR Technology may help customers reduce the environmental impact of their manufacturing business – a key attribute as the field continues to gain momentum in the U.S. and around the world,” said Vizza.

Curia’s expertise and global network of facilities, combined with Corning’s continuous flow technology, can help drive business efficiencies and, ultimately, improve patients’ lives.

About Curia
Curia is a leading contract research, development, and manufacturing organization providing products and services from R&D through commercial manufacturing to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers. Curia’s nearly 4,000 employees at 29 locations across the U.S., Europe, and Asia help its customers advance from curiosity to cure. Learn more at CuriaGlobal.com.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a 170-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries. Corning’s capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping its customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning’s markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display, automotive, solar, semiconductors, and life sciences.

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GMAC Task Force Revamps Business Education Admissions Reporting Standards

Revision aims to support business schools in today’s ranking efforts and help prospective candidates compare programs on leveled playing field

RESTON, Va., March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association representing leading business schools, today released an updated version of the Graduate Management Education Admissions Reporting Standards. The revision, led by a task force of 14 GMAC member schools, aimed to ensure the standards align with the shifting landscape of graduate business education and today’s best practices of identifying gender, race and ethnicity, and undergraduate majors, among other criteria commonly used in the admissions process.

According to GMAC’s annual survey on prospective students worldwide, candidates rely heavily on school websites and rankings in their program selection process. The 2023 survey of thousands of business school aspirants – to be published early next month – shows that school websites and published program rankings were the top two factors in the decision making of individuals considering applying for graduate business degrees. Informed by this finding, GMAC believes it is vitally important that the information presented to prospective students is anchored in a common definition of the terms used by schools and various publications in collecting the data for reporting.

“This work, initiated in response to a strong desire for consistency and transparency from the business school community we serve, is being done to create trust with and among business school admissions professionals, especially those who are new to the field. Without a doubt, adopting the standardized reporting criteria at a large scale would allow prospective students and rankings organizations alike to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges across the wide spectrum of program options available in the market today,” said Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC. “On behalf of the Council, I extend our sincerest gratitude to the task force for the time, effort, and care dedicated to revising and promoting the standards.”

“The task force invested many hours reviewing survey questionnaires and collecting data, as well as discussing proposed revisions over calls and with stakeholders at conferences, to address the tough questions from the business school community on how we can better reflect the many changes in the industry – and the society – we encounter today. For example, there is a growing acknowledgement and respect for identity preferences and an interest in segments like first generation and military students,” said Marci Armstrong, professor of practice, marketing at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and co-chair of the task force revising the standards. “Rest assured, we were fully aware of the stakes at hand and did not just rubber-stamp the new standards.”

In 2019, GMAC formed a task force to revise the MBA Reporting Criteria – first published by GMAC in 2000 and adopted by approximately 200 business schools – into Graduate Management Education Admissions Reporting Standards. The standards, subsequently endorsed by GMAC members in the summer of 2020, were meant to be revisited every two years to ensure they continue to guide business schools in distributing reliable, accurate, useful, and comparable admissions data for prospective students and rankings organizations. A new task force was organized at the beginning of 2022 to tackle the review and revision of the standards in three sections – school and program information, application process, and admissions reporting and class profile, supplemented by region and areas of study classifications.

“In the past three years – particularly in response to the global pandemic – our industry has innovated and grown tremendously. A prime example is the delivery of online programs,” said Nita Swinsick, associate dean of graduate & executive degree programs admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and co-chair of the task force. “While the traditional on-campus, two-year MBA remains the most sought-after graduate management degree, there are a great number of programs offering a wide range of flexibility and length and still lead to successful business careers.”

“GMAC will continue to be a steward of the standards and will publish a list of schools and corresponding programs that decide to adopt and remain in compliance with the standards. Adopting and complying schools can also receive a badge from GMAC for use in their outreach materials to signal to candidates, ranking publishers and other stakeholders their compliance with the standards,” said Sabrina White, vice president of school and industry engagement at GMAC. “It is our hope that more members of the business school community – as well as ranking publishers – will begin leveraging these standards to benefit the people aspiring to better themselves and the world through graduate management education.”

Business schools, ranking agencies and other stakeholders worldwide that wish to obtain a copy of or start adopting the latest reporting standards may reach out to GMAC at datastandards@gmac.com.

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including mba.com, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Tensões Geopolíticas Permitiram o Aumento das Ameaças Cibernéticas Hacktivistas em 2022

Novo relatório do FS-ISAC destaca oportunidade de ataques cibernéticos contra instituições públicas e privadas

RESTON, Va, March 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A FS-ISAC, organização sem fins lucrativos orientada por membros que promove a segurança cibernética e a resiliência do sistema financeiro global, anunciou hoje os resultados do seu relatório anual do Global Intelligence Office, Navigating Cyber 2023.

O relatório mais recente mostrou o efeito que a invasão da Ucrânia pela Rússia teve no cenário global com as ameaças cibernéticas, provocando uma enxurrada de “hacktivismo” impulsionado pela ideologia e que continua até hoje. Impulsionadas por ambos os lados do conflito, as ameaças aumentaram substancialmente no setor de serviços financeiros, particularmente em instituições em países que a Rússia considera hostis. Essas ameaças podem vir de grupos hacktivistas ou diretamente dos próprios estados-nação.

“Infelizmente, o crescente envolvimento de atores não estatais nos ataques ideológicos e a manipulação de informações por atores maliciosos continuarão a semear a incerteza em todo o cenário com ameaças de segurança reais e observadas”, disse Steven Silberstein, CEO da FS-ISAC. “A melhor ferramenta disponível para as instituições financeiras combaterem isso é o compartilhamento de inteligência para a colaboração em toda a indústria global e garantia de uma melhor preparação cibernética. As ameaças cibernéticas geralmente evoluem mais rapidamente do que as ferramentas que usamos para combatê-las, mas nossa força está na nossa comunidade.”

O relatório também destaca que algumas das ameaças cibernéticas mais tradicionais, como ataques DDoS e ransomware, estão se tornando mais sofisticadas e o conjunto de ferramentas à disposição de um ator mal-intencionado continua a se desenvolver.

Olhando para o futuro em 2023, alguns dos principais impulsionadores da mudança no cenário de ameaças incluem:

  • Um mercado crescente de malware como serviço: Com os agentes de ameaças se especializando cada vez mais em aspectos específicos da cadeia de eliminação e oferecendo seus serviços de habilidades e código para venda, os ataques cibernéticos se tornam mais fáceis de orquestrar, menos atribuíveis e de menor risco. As ameaças da cadeia de suprimentos proliferam à medida que os principais provedores de software, autenticação, tecnologia e serviços em nuvem ficam cada vez mais direcionados.
  • A acessibilidade da IA ajudando invasores e defensores: O surgimento de uma nova tecnologia de IA reduz a barreira para hackers, permitindo que agentes de ameaças usem ferramentas como o ChatGPT para criar iscas de phishing cada vez mais convincentes. No entanto, essas mesmas ferramentas também serão aproveitadas para fortalecer as defesas.
  • A criptomoeda oferece um alvo principal para criminosos cibernéticos: A criptomoeda e os ativos digitais estão se tornando mais integrados à infraestrutura financeira global, gerando um ambiente regulatório complexo para as empresas multinacionais. Além disso, os grupos de ameaças continuarão a financiar suas operações usando criptomoedas, destacando a necessidade de melhor supervisão e proteção da classe de ativos.

“Os cibercriminosos são infinitamente inventivos e auxiliados por avanços tecnológicos”, disse Teresa Walsh, chefe global de inteligência da FS-ISAC. “O surgimento de novas tecnologias e táticas de entrega de malware exigirá que as instituições acompanhem de perto a evolução das ameaças cibernéticas e se concentrem na resiliência para que possam dar continuidade a suas operações diante de qualquer circunstância.”

O cenário de ameaças está mudando rapidamente e as organizações enfrentam os principais desafios do aumento da regulamentação em todo o mundo, mudanças sísmicas no mercado de seguro cibernético, e escassez de talentos em segurança cibernética. Enfrentando mudanças maciças no seu ambiente operacional, o setor de serviços financeiros deve enfrentar a pressão de reduzir os custos sem comprometer a capacidade de evoluir continuamente as defesas e aumentar a resiliência operacional.

Metodologia

O relatório Navigating Cyber 2023 é proveniente de milhares de firmas financeiras membros da FS-ISAC em 75 países e ampliado por análise do Global Intelligence Office. Vários fluxos de inteligência foram usados na curadoria do round-up, que examinou os dados de janeiro de 2022 a janeiro de 2023. A versão de acesso público do relatório pode ser encontrada aqui. O relatório completo está disponível apenas para instituições financeiras membros.

Sobre a FS-ISAC

A FS-ISAC é uma organização sem fins lucrativos que promove a segurança cibernética e a resiliência do sistema financeiro em todo o mundo, protegendo as instituições financeiras e as pessoas a quem elas servem. Fundada em 1999, a rede de compartilhamento de informações em tempo real da organização amplifica a inteligência, o conhecimento e as práticas dos seus membros, para a segurança e as defesas coletivas do setor financeiro. As empresas financeiras membros têm o valor de US$ 100 trilhões em ativos em 75 países.

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Les tensions géopolitiques ont engendré une augmentation des cybermenaces hacktivistes en 2022

Un nouveau rapport du FS-ISAC attire l’attention sur la possibilité de cyberattaques contre des institutions publiques et privées

RESTON, Virginie, 23 mars 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FS-ISAC, l’organisation à but non lucratif dirigée par ses membres qui fait progresser la cybersécurité et la résilience dans le système financier mondial, a annoncé aujourd’hui les conclusions de son rapport annuel du Global Intelligence Office, Navigating Cyber 2023.

Le dernier rapport a mis en évidence l’effet que l’invasion de l’Ukraine par la Russie avait eu sur le paysage mondial des cybermenaces, déclenchant un flot d’« hacktivisme » idéologiquement motivé, toujours présent à ce jour. Émanant des deux côtés du conflit, les menaces ont augmenté de manière substantielle au sein du secteur des services financiers, particulièrement pour les institutions situées dans des pays que la Russie considère comme hostiles. Ces menaces peuvent provenir de groupes hacktivistes ou directement des États-nations eux-mêmes.

« Malheureusement, l’implication croissante d’acteurs non étatistes qui attaquent sur une base idéologique et la manipulation des informations par des acteurs malveillants continueront de semer l’incertitude dans le paysage des menaces de sécurité réelles et perçues », a déclaré Steven Silberstein, PDG du FS-ISAC. « Le meilleur outil à la disposition des institutions financières pour combattre cela est le partage de renseignements, qui permet une collaboration au sein de l’industrie mondiale et assure une meilleure cyberpréparation. Les cybermenaces évoluent souvent plus vite que les outils que nous utilisons pour les combattre, néanmoins notre force réside dans notre communauté. »

Le rapport souligne aussi que certaines des cybermenaces les plus courantes, comme les attaques DDoS et les ransomwares, deviennent plus sophistiquées, et l’éventail des outils dont dispose un acteur malveillant continue de s’étendre.

Dans la perspective de 2023, certains des principaux facteurs de changement dans le paysage des menaces comprennent :

  • Un marché en croissance pour le malware-as-a-service : À mesure que les acteurs de la menace se spécialisent dans des aspects spécifiques de la chaîne de destruction et proposent leurs services dans les compétences et le code à vendre, les cyberattaques deviennent plus faciles à orchestrer, moins imputables et moins risquées. Les menaces sur les chaînes d’approvisionnement prolifèrent tandis que les principaux fournisseurs de logiciels, d’authentification, de technologie et de services cloud sont de plus en plus ciblés.
  • L’accessibilité de l’IA qui aide les pirates et les défenseurs : L’émergence d’une nouvelle technologie d’intelligence artificielle abaisse la barrière du piratage, permettant aux acteurs de menaces d’utiliser des outils comme ChatGPT pour concevoir des leurres de phishing toujours plus convaincants. Toutefois, ces mêmes outils seront également mis à profit pour renforcer les défenses.
  • Les cryptomonnaies offrent une cible de choix aux cybercriminels : Les cryptomonnaies et les actifs financiers numériques sont de plus en plus intégrés dans l’infrastructure financière mondiale, avec la génération d’un environnement réglementaire complexe pour les sociétés multinationales. Par ailleurs, les groupes de menace vont continuer de financer leurs activités à l’aide de cryptomonnaies, soulignant la nécessité d’une meilleure surveillance et de meilleures protections des classes d’actifs.

« L’inventivité des cybercriminels est sans fin, et ils sont aidés par les avancées technologiques », a commenté Teresa Walsh, directrice mondiale du renseignement au sein du FS-ISAC. « L’émergence des nouvelles technologies et des tactiques de diffusion des logiciels malveillants obligera les institutions à s’assurer qu’elles suivent en permanence et de manière continue l’évolution des cybermenaces et qu’elles se concentrent sur la résilience afin d’être en mesure de poursuivre leurs activités, quoi qu’il arrive. »

Le paysage des menaces change rapidement et les organisations sont confrontées à des défis majeurs liés à l’augmentation des réglementations dans le monde, aux changements sismiques sur le marché de la cyberassurance et au manque de talents en cybersécurité. Confronté à des changements massifs dans son environnement opérationnel, le secteur des services financiers doit se frayer un chemin parmi les pressions visant à réduire les coûts sans compromettre la capacité de faire continuer d’évoluer les défenses et d’améliorer la résilience opérationnelle.

Méthodologie

Le rapport Navigating Cyber 2023 est alimenté par des milliers de sociétés financières membres du FS-ISAC dans 75 pays et renforcé par des analyses du Global Intelligence Office. Plusieurs flux de renseignements ont été exploités pour la curation de ce tour d’horizon, qui a examiné des données allant de janvier 2022 à janvier 2023. La version accessible au public du rapport peut être trouvée ici. L’intégralité du rapport est uniquement disponible pour les institutions financières membres.

À propos du FS-ISAC

Le FS-ISAC est l’organisation à but non lucratif dirigée par ses membres qui fait progresser la cybersécurité et la résilience du système financier mondial, en protégeant les institutions financières et les personnes qu’elles servent. Fondé en 1999, le réseau de partage d’informations en temps réel de l’organisation amplifie les renseignements, les connaissances et les pratiques de ses membres pour la sécurité et les défenses collectives du secteur financier. Les sociétés financières membres représentent 100 billions de dollars d’actifs dans 75 pays.

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Will Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Resonate Across Africa?

Human rights activists say Uganda's passage of an anti-homosexuality bill could be the impetus for similar far-reaching legislation across Africa as anti-gay sentiments grow.

More than 30 African states already have laws that ban same-sex relationships.

Ghana, for example, has recently introduced anti-LGBTQI bills before parliament in an attempt to criminalize consensual same-sex relationships.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken "urged the Ugandan government to strongly consider [the impact of] the implementation of this legislation," saying via Twitter that the bill "could reverse gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS."

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the bill "one of the most extreme LGBTQI+ laws in the world." National Security Council spokesman John Kirby did not rule out U.S. sanctions against Uganda, saying, if enacted, the bill could force "repercussions that we would have to take, perhaps in an economic way."

Uganda's just-passed Anti-Homosexuality Act is seen by human rights activists as a "revised and egregious" version of its 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was struck down by a court on procedural grounds.

The legislation, which President Yoweri Museveni has yet to sign into law, calls for lengthy prison sentences for people who identify as gay or are found to have promoted homosexuality. It establishes the death penalty for homosexual acts with minors, people with disabilities and several other groups.

Negative and dehumanizing rhetoric against Uganda's LGBTQI community heightened as legislators debated the bill — and Museveni described gay people as "deviants." Some supporters of the bill said it would make Uganda comport with God's wishes.

Robert Akoto Amoafo, advocacy manager at Pan Africa ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association), told VOA from Accra that the passage of Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill is "worrying and concerning" for the LGBTQI community across Africa.

"This bill takes the basic rights of individuals across Uganda away from them by forcing them to report people, and then also forcing them to out their family members or friends or colleagues based on perception," he said, noting that "this is one thing that most of the time we lose sight of."

He said the bill would deepen discrimination in a country where LGBTQI persons already face punishment for having "carnal knowledge against the order of nature."

"People don't want to be associated with [homosexuals] because of the possibility of being tagged a criminal for not reporting. So, this clearly shows that the bill has gone beyond a homosexual issue to that of a human rights discussion."

On March 9, Human Rights Watch said the bill, if passed, "would violate multiple fundamental human rights."

Oryem Nyeko, a Uganda researcher at the international human rights organization, told VOA that he's "disappointed" at the bill's passage, describing it as "regressive."

Nyeko said there's high possibility of the bill becoming the norm across the continent because "historically, when one African country puts in place a repressive policy, other countries replicate it."

"Politicians are distracting from the contemporary issues that are facing ordinary Ugandans by picking the low-hanging fruit — which is this idea of homosexuality being the cause of sexual abuse of children," he said.

"I definitely see other politicians and other public figures in other [African] countries using the same tactic," he added.

Some socially conservative groups applauded the Ugandan bill.

Tony Perkins, president of Washington-based Family Research Council, tweeted Wednesday that "Gender/Sexual ideology is not enshrined in international human rights treaties." He decried the Biden administration's response to the bill, writing, "It is inappropriate and coercive to shame countries for their traditional values."

In Uganda, many fear the challenges sexual minorities already face will worsen. Eric Ndwula, a 26-year-old LGBTQI activist, told Reuters that his landlord issued him an eviction notice this month after a video of him being identified as gay went viral.

"I have been in this house for over four years. And I have never — no neighbor here could come and say that 'You have recruited my child into homosexuality.' Or by the mere fact that they are looking at a homosexual, they have become homosexuals."

Museveni has yet to sign the bill into law amid calls by the international community, including the United Nations, to reject it.

Nyeko said despite Museveni's past rhetoric against the LGBTQI community, the Ugandan president has been a "relative ally" toward the community.

"Just two years ago, Museveni declined to sign the sexual offenses bill which had similar provisions but not as extensive as this one," Nyeko said, adding that "his [Museveni's] argument was that the penal code already provided for that."

Source: Voice of America

Uganda’s anti-LGBTQ law restricts media and activists, too

Journalists in Uganda are wary about the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is making its way into law, which would allow the government to imprison LGBTQ people.

The bill also includes restrictions on the media.

Journalists and publishers could face prosecution and imprisonment for publishing, broadcasting or distributing content deemed to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ people.

The provisions have sparked fear in media circles. "We have a problem," says Francis Ahabyona, a Kampala-based news editor.

"The Journalists Act talks about balanced and fairness. We are supposed to be independent-minded; we are supposed to be objective. When you begin to infringe on the rights and freedoms of a media person then you are denying information to the public," Ahabyona told DW.

LGBTQ rights advocacy outlawed

One news reporter who requested anonymity told DW that she is puzzled by the inclusion of the media in the new legislation. Lawmakers should have consulted communications experts before proposing such clauses in the draft law, she says.

"If a journalist or a media house is being held accountable for exposing homosexuality, or a homosexual whom they are fighting, that means they are just hiding their heads in the sand. It cannot be both ways," she said.

"They would have requested us to support them, but it is like they are telling us to leave them: don't touch them," she added.

Individuals and institutions found to support or fund LGBTQ rights advocacy work, as well as journalists and media outlets who publish, broadcast or distribute literature deemed pro-LGBTQ could face prosecution and imprisonment.

The bill also makes provision for a life sentence for anyone convicted of grooming or trafficking children for purposes of engaging them in "homosexual activities."

The bill would also permit the death penalty for the sexual abuse of a child, a person with a disability or a vulnerable person.

Rights groups decry the law

President Yoweri Museveni has 30 days to assent to or reject the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which received broad government and public support.

The majority of lawmakers have hailed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill as comprehensive and argue that it is geared toward protecting traditional family values and Uganda's diverse culture.

Christian Rumu, an Amnesty International campaigner for the Great African Lakes region, told DW that the new legislation is not about values or culture.

"I think it is really the promotion of hatred and the promotion of intolerance rather than really the intention of curtailing the promotion of homosexuality," Rumu said.

"It has never been an issue if you ask Ugandans on the streets," he said. "But, at the end of the day, the consequences of this law is going to be promoting intolerance in the community and that would lead up to violence against an already marginalized community."

Fox Odoi, the lawmaker who read the minority view on the draft law, told DW that many of the clauses already exist in law.

"The bill is a duplication of the provisions that already exist under the Penal Code Act and is therefore unnecessary," Odoi said.

Scathing international reaction

Human Rights Watch has warned that the law will violate the rights under both Ugandan and international law on a number of levels — including freedom of expression and association, privacy, and freedom from discrimination, inhuman and degrading treatment.

"Museveni should reject the bill and parliament should introduce comprehensive nondiscrimination legislation that would protect sexual and other minorities in line with Uganda's international obligations," HRW said.

The United States has warned Uganda of economic "repercussions" if the new law comes into effect.

"We would have to take a look at whether or not there might be repercussions that we would have to take, perhaps in an economic way, should this law actually get passed and enacted," US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said

The 27-member European Union has also expressed deep concern.

“The European Union will continue engaging with the Ugandan authorities and civil society to ensure that all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, are treated equally, with dignity and respect," it said.

Source: Deutsche Welle

Gay activist says Uganda LGBTQ community ‘in shock’ at new law

Members of Uganda's LGBTQ community are in shock and fear being arrested after parliament passed a new law that makes it a crime to identify as gay, and imposes tough sentences that include the death penalty in certain cases, an activist said on Wednesday. The "Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023" was passed with a near-unanimous majority by lawmakers in the east African country where anti-gay sentiment runs deep.

Source: France24.com