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UN human rights chief calls on Uganda to shelve anti-gay bill

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  1. Simon Murphy 15 Jan 2010, 5:09pm

    Unless Uganda decriminalises homosexuality entirely I think that Britain should limit the aid it sends to Uganda.

    Uganda already punishes homosexuality with 14 years in prison. Backward bigots like those in power in Uganda (including Predident Museveni who is a vile, homophobic bigot) should not be allowed access to a single penny of British taxpayers money if they criminalise homosexuality.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 15 Jan 2010, 6:25pm

    “She added that the country should also repeal its existing laws against homosexuality.”

    Navi Pillay for Pope!!

    But we all know that the illness called ‘homophobia’ can’t be whipped away with a piece of White Swan toilet tissue. It will take generations, and certainly a more respectful democracy in Uganda.

  3. Har Davids 15 Jan 2010, 8:47pm

    Uganda’s reputation is a goner for all the ‘civilized’ world. Not a cent in aid-money to that country, not even if the bill is repealed.

  4. Patrick James 17 Jan 2010, 12:53pm

    Obviously I share the consternation over the legislation in Uganda.

    I don’t think limiting aid to Uganda will help LGBT people there and surely can only damage the very poorest.

    The problem we have is that in the UK we look the other way when Saudi Arabia and other wealthy countries exercise monstrous legislation against LGBT people. This means that our credibility as a country is very much weakened.

    There is no “civilised” world as opposed to an “uncivilised” world. There is only one world and we all share it.

    To deal with Uganda directly I think we should take action as directed by the LGBT people in Uganda, they will know best what to do.

    The main lesson from the Uganda situation is that we need to address the issue of human rights globally. This is massive and difficult but there is no option.

    Notice that the British Conservative Party has been completely silent on the Uganda issue. A clear message to Uganda that if elected they will do absolutely nothing.

  5. Jean-Paul Bentham 17 Jan 2010, 4:32pm

    Patrick James:

    You’ve read my thoughts but I didn’t dare say it.

    It’s outrageous that there are now only 4-5 comments on a topic as relevant as this one at the moment, after 2 days, while hundreds of comments have been made on Iris Robinson, a topic barely meaningful to the Ugandan gays’ destitute situation.

    For example, you said:

    “The problem we have is that in the UK we look the other way when Saudi Arabia and other wealthy countries exercise monstrous legislation against LGBT people. This means that our credibility as a country is very much weakened.”

    The problem of “looking the other way” is widespread, but we must acknowledge that there are gays in the UK who do work tirelessly, and in the shadows, to assist countless gays being persecuted by Sharia Law, etc.

    Furthermore and to be fair, we really have no way of knowing how many gays do contribute financially to international organizations which are trained to confront and deal with the most extreme cases of homophobia in the world, e.g. http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/home/index.html

    Also, I do like your idea of the interconnectedness of the population of the Earth, and would push it further by adding the welfare plants and animals in view of the necessity to re-establish an ecological balance if we expect life on this planet to exist longer than the next 200 years.

    This is what I call 21st century spirituality, and it has absolutely nothing to do with nurturing the religious institutions which have collaborated to bring about the possible extinction of our little blue planet.

    While I believe that we must think globally and act locally, it would warm my heart, not to mention the hearts of those living in fear for their lives, if a wee bit more concern were visibly expressed on this thread by the more fortunate members of the global village. And nobody would would go bankrupt by donating the price of a pint once a month to organizations like iglhrc, who are certainly not looking at punishing the victims by cutting off aid to Uganda.

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 17 Jan 2010, 9:51pm

    “When others gain a civil right, my rights are not reduced in any way. ‘Civil rights’ are a win/win game — the more won by others, the stronger the army defending my rights becomes.”

    ….Julian Bond, born 14.01.1940

  7. Wim in Holland 17 Jan 2010, 10:17pm

    Of the population of Uganda 85% is christian. Before the development of this literally anti-gay legislation, three American anti-gay preachers were able to spread their hatred on invitation of the governement. The men, who realized the legislation were all christians. One of them said “gays can forget human rights”. It is astonishing that a christian nation is capable of this.

  8. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Jan 2010, 12:54am

    Wm in Holland:

    Actually, as I understand it, the story began as far back as 1986 when member of a secret American society called “The Family” invited a young Museveni to join its ranks.

    Then came Scott Lively and Richard Cohen with their ex-gay therapy, and the fundamentalist nutters.

    It’s a lot more complex than we can imagine and I expect someone will write a book about it one of these days.

    I can understand your astonishment at the turn of event, but when all is said and done, christianity on the whole is homophobic, as are other institutionalized religions.

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