I am outraged that help to Uganda hasn’t already been put on hold until they resolve this Human Rights issue.
These are hard economic times, why throw money out to the bad. We need to educate them and instill them with mind sets of equality and human rights. Until then, HOLD THE TAX PAYERS’MONEY!!!
I’m glad he’s pointed this out
I bet Blair would be silent or awkward
“And when will our faiths – including the Church of England, the Church of Rome and the Muslim Council of Britain – condemn the new international politics that seeks to oppress gays in many parts of the world?”
That’s the crux of the matter, isn’t it. Religions are responsible for having nurtured homophobia, and religions should be held to account. Let’s stop giving money to churches.
Comments from Gayuganda:
I have just finished reading a piece in Box Turtle Bulletin entitled “Voice of America on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill”, and for the first time I’ve seen the name of Olara A. Otunnu in relation to the elections of 2011.
Can you take a minute to mention your spin on this man?
January 14, 2010 5:51 PM
Olara Otunnu, a Minister in the Obote 2 era of Uganda. When there was a coup d’etat, he went into exile. Was employed by the UN and rose to be Undersecretary in the UN.
Retired last year or so. And, decided to come back to Uganda.
He wants to contend in the 2011 General elections. Ironically, soon after he came back there was a whispering campaign that he is gay. So, he had to call a press conference to insist that he is not gay….!
Opposition politicians in Uganda seem to be as blind to the machinations of the govt as the rest of the populace.
-January 14, 2010 6:35 PM
Well, what kind of political future are you looking at then???
-January 14, 2010 8:09 PM
We shall hold elections in 2011, and the ruling party will again win. Comfortably.
No. In Uganda, the battle for LGBT rights has barely started. If the bill is thrown out, it will be no more than preventing a bad situation from becoming much, much worse. For the time being. Gives us some time to try and change the outcome.
Not much better than a temporary reprieve.
Which tends to mean that our work is cut out for us….!
-January 14, 2010 8:46 PM
Rwanda is NOT considerig this law. Please please check sources before you write something so damaging. See the comments of the Justice Minister before Christmas when this story first appeared:
“The government I serve and speak for on certain issues cannot and will not in any way criminalize homosexuality; sexual orientation is a private matter and each individual has his or her own orientation – - this is not a State matter at all.” – Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama, 19th December. Google it!
Please don’t tar all of Africa with the same brush.
Very happy that the UK, Swedish and hopefully other governments are taking steps to stop aid to Uganda. Good news. Use the money to help people in Britain and home countries not homophobic countries like Uganda and Lithuiania.
Recon the gay dating website is raising funds for aid to Uganda & Malawi, they are not getting a penny from me, others may think differently.
Looking at the psychopathic hatred and lies coming out of some of the people responsible for running some of the AIDs programmes over there (see quotes on GayUganda blog), you have to wonder about the wisdom of donating to those bodies, who are also committed to abstinence only programmes and burn condoms.
Why hasn’t one tory MP enjoined Denis MacShane? I’m all for withholding aid to Uganda, Nigeria, Jamaica and every other former colony, a waste of taxpayer money at best. They wanted their independence, let them fend for themselves instead of sponging off the UK. Religion of course is at the root of all this hatred, just look at its history to the present day.
I agree that we should be bankrupting religion (animism too), and not punishing the poor people of Uganda who basically need an education.
Museveni and his crew don’t care if monetary aid is cut off. Having recently stolen $200 million for medical supplies, these guys are set up to live in luxury for the rest of their lives…and should be given every opportunity to leave Uganda once and for all, just like Papa Doc in Haiti, dear, dear Haiti
True, Uganda has declared its independence and has recently discovered an oil deposit under its home turf.
@ 5: A rwandan,
Yes, I remember reading that Rwanda decided a few weeks ago to quietly dispose of the anti-gay bill.
“On this date in 1929 the civil rights pioneer and martyr, MARTIN LUTHER KING,JR., was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
As an African-American civil rights leader, he spoke eloquently and stressed non-violent methods to achieve equality.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
In 1983, the third Monday in January was designated a legal holiday in the U.S. to celebrate his birthday.
King’s message was a catalyst for many in the gay rights movement and continues to be an inspiration for the GLBT community today.”
(from gaywisdom dot com)
Robert some good points made however lets not forget who exported homophobia to the countries you mention and who still use antiquated BRITISH laws to justify their bigotry. Yes hold back funds but to suggest that somehow these governments can undo what we gave them overnight is pure non-sense. It’s taken us centuries to get to this stage and we still have our homophobes in high power!!
The British did not export homophobia to their former colonies. They exported laws criminalising homosexuality. There is a difference.
If you look at former British colonies you can see that places like Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have thrown off these laws and are very advanced (on a worldwide scale) in terms of gay rights.
Other places (like India) are in the process of discarding the old laws.
Places like Jamaica and Uganda have not progressed at all. That is not Britain’s fault. That is the just the inbuilt homophobia of their cultures.
Uganda is proposing to discard the old colonial laws and replace them with even more savagely brutal laws. That is entirely Uganda’s responsibility. And if they proceed with this, then they need to understand that there will be financial consequences for their actions.
Colonial guilt does not mean that Britain should continue to fund a brutally homophobic regime.
The fact that Uganda is willing to spend money it receives to build prisons for gays and their ‘accomplices’ and, maybe, ways to kill them, means the country doesn’t need any money at all. After all, isn’t aid supposed to help a country to develop itself?
What a can of worms.
If Uganda needs aid and doesn’t get it from the West, then it will get it from the East, e.g. Sharia Law.
Either way, it’s the Ugandan people, not the crooks or the American religious b@stards, who will feel the crunch.
It’s an effort to stay focused on the human rights abuses in terms of treaties signed by Uganda with the UN.
Very happy that the UK, Swedish and hopefully other governments are taking steps to stop aid to Uganda.
They aren’t. This report is about one MP in the UK.
Rich also writes:
Good news. Use the money to help people in Britain and home countries not homophobic countries like Uganda and Lithuiania.
What is especially homophobic about Lithuania?
Is Lithuania the recipient of aid from the UK?
homophobic countries, but what is a “homophobic country”?
Homophobia is just like racism (Rich knows all about racism), it is in every country. Sometimes for a variety of reasons it can become powerful in some places.
I think the best lead for action is to do what the Ugandan LGBT people want.