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Gay Tory MP: Withdraw UK aid to Uganda if it passes anti-gay legislation

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  1. Uganda LGBT activists have specifically requested that international supporters do *not* call for cuts to aid to Uganda. This will hurt, rather than help, local efforts.

    See here:

    1. With regimes like this it is always difficult to guarantee that funds go where they should anyway. Withdrawal of general aid does not equate to abandoning the principle of extending aid to those communities.

      As the article stated a considerable portion of the aid presently goes directly via the government, who thereby have resources freed up to persecute the LGBT community.

      It would seem totally appropriate to entirely cut that funding, and scrutinise targeting of the remainder to ensure it goes where it is intended without interference, and to withdraw aid that was being diverted or blocked.

    2. Cannot believe that this has received such negative votes. It is really easy for “us” (I live in Australia) that live in Australia to just say “cut the aid”. What about those that actually live in Uganda. If you stopped your gung ho statements and actually looked at the Sexual Minorites in Uganda page or website you would see what they want you to do.Quit the Western privlege attitude we all have and open up your ears!

    3. Don’t think for a second this is about the wellbeing of black LGBT ugandians

    4. Lieutenant Uncle Tom has been commissioned to justify his party’s fear mongering race to the bottom. Meanwhile his boss has recently “managed” to ignore many human rights abuses and was all smiles when he visited his favourite despots to trade war gadgets with them, and gain advantages in their oil production industry.

  2. I do not want my money going to any country who claim that persecution of LGBT people is a “gift”

    I hope that aid will be withdrawn and will continue to withheld until things change for the better.

    1. Especially when that money goes direct to the government rather than to agencies on the ground. At least with agencies on the ground you know money is being received by those in need.

      Maybe our aid money should now be specifically sent to gay charities and organisations there?

  3. Jock S. Trap 26 Nov 2012, 11:23am

    Quite right too!! Surely our money would best serve those countries struggling who wish to treat their citizens with dignity and respect.

    1. Which means practically none of them. Most of the world outside of the West has a socially conservative attitude to homosexuality and let’s be honest it’s only been within the last 50 years that we in “developed” world have considered same-sex relations as socially acceptable. The homophobia in these countries seems to be linked to Christanity and who introduced that to these countries?

      From Wikipedia:

      Existing laws criminalise homosexual behavior with prison sentences lasting up to 14 years. These laws are remnants of British colonialism designed to punish what colonial authorities deemed “unnatural sex” among local Ugandan people.
      Although many societies in Africa and elsewhere view homosexuality as a decadent practice imported by outsiders, it existed before European colonisation, often varying in practice depending on individual cultures. In some, male homosexuality was age-stratified, similar to ancient Greece where warriors purchased boys as brides”

  4. Garry Cassell 26 Nov 2012, 11:30am

    No AID from any country bc to do so means supporting this brutal regime…

  5. No funding for homophobic pogroms.

  6. vote with your wallet. we can do that everyday with products and services that support us or don’t.

    a foreign government is no different in that sense.

    this is the new democracy. like it or not.

  7. I’m not paying for LGBT people to die. I will lose all respect for the current parliament if nothing is done but ‘appeasement’.

  8. Very good, Mr. Freer. But do make absolutely sure that a copy of your letter is delivered without delay to the leaders of the Ugandan parliamentary parties! Otherwise it’ll not stop the measure going through.

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 26 Nov 2012, 12:35pm

    Cut off aid entirely, immediately! It’s too bad the poor will be the most affected but as they say….”tough”. Let the right wing christo fascists provide the aid. There are many in America who helped fuel this new policy in Uganda.

    Of course, the anti equal marriage opponents in the UK will welcome Uganda’s new ruling if it passes because that’s just what they’d like to do to us. You won’t hear one word of condemnation coming from any of them, just sheer silence.

  10. Check out the SMUG page on Facebook i.e Sexual Minorites in Uganda if you want to help out to find out how to help from the Ugandans point of view.

  11. Omar Kuddus 26 Nov 2012, 2:26pm

    The Ugandan government has proved that it does not care about condemnation by the world for its actions and that diplomacy and talks have failed, I believe that the only way to FORCE them to rethink their agenda is to hit them where it hurts. Their pockets as for we all know that NOT ALL aid goes to the people but a large proportion to the governmental officials. They are greedy and they will do anything to keep the money rolling in.
    The bill is also being rushed to try and divert attention from the corruption allegations, so yes it in my opinion is the ONLY logical step to prevent the introduction of the bill.

  12. I wish we could pick and choose how our money was spent with things like this…

  13. Bravo Mr Freer….I sincerely trust that your wishes and hopes come to fruition. It is a false argument to say that the poor will suffer because of the removal of Economic Aid; most of these people never saw a penny of it as it went into the pockets of the political fat cats (viz Mugabe in Zimbabwe). NOW PLEASE TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO NIGERIA AND OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT ARE ON A FREE RIDE WITH UK TAXPAYER’S MONEY!…

  14. Brian Davies 26 Nov 2012, 3:47pm

    Actually direct British Aid to the Uganda government has already been frozen due to corruption in the Prime Ministers office. However cutting aid to Uganda is not the answer and may actually be more harmful both to the health and education programmes it supports and also to the gay community as it will be used as further proof of a western Gay agenda etc. Better to have smart targetted sanctions against the specific politician who are pushing this odious bill, the speaker who has proved to be a rabble rousing populist and the crazy religious ‘leaders’ who have gone against every tenant of religious doctrine to preach hate. Its when the Honourable Speaker of Parliament finds she cannot travel to the UK for shopping…sorry conferences, that her UK bank account is de-activated that she cannot get a transit visa through Heathrow, only then will it effect them personally as they wish this bill to effect gay individuals in a very personal way. So smart targeted sanctions please

  15. The money we give puts pressure on the ugandan government to behave, if we cut funding what will happen to the LGBT people then.

    I hate paying money to those people but if it makes them behave, at least a little, it is doing a good thing.

    Cut the funding and the LGBT people will be blamed and then murdered in mass.

    Rememer these are not rational people were dealing with and money does talk.

  16. Very convincing arguments on both sides above. But I think all aid being paid directly to the Ugandan government should cease. I don’t believe the money is being used in the right way.

  17. Dr Clive Wheeler 26 Nov 2012, 6:07pm

    For once I agree with a politician! Despite some problems that may result from a cessation of aid to Uganda I still believe that UK tax payers should not be supporting a government that intends to make a law to persecute people for what they are. No-one chooses to be gay, even here there are more problems than solutions, but to actively persecute and condemn people because the follow their gay inclinations and by inference encourage the general populace to persecute them in all manor of potentially lethal ways in the knowledge that they have their government’s approval. It will be worse than the witch hunts of times long past. So no aid to Uganda if it passes such a law.

  18. GulliverUK 26 Nov 2012, 7:09pm

    ALL aid TO Uganda must be immediately frozen. We know their corrupt government siphons off some of this aid, we know they’re using it for purposes other than what it was intended, and some is being used against their own citizens. Bilateral aid (direct to the government) must stop, but unfortunately that to the NGOs, as the bill also targets NGOs who help people who are gay, or know of them and fail to turn them in to the police. This must go with trade sanctions also.

  19. Uncle Tom has spoken…

  20. Janet Lameck 26 Nov 2012, 11:17pm

    Not only withdraw aid, but also suspend all trading and freeze all assets of Uganda until they come into the 21st century!

  21. Elubu Joseph Bulinda 28 Nov 2012, 5:00am

    We Ugandans consider God first as seen in our Nation’s motto, ” For God and My Country”, and do not want to say ‘are against the will and the purpose of God’s creation is good.

    Any one may wish to treat fellow human beings with dignity and respect, that is good. But if you are doing things against God’s will then you do not have dignity yourself.

    I am a Ugandan, and I will not wish to receive donations from the Countries that think they will have to spoil our country because they are giving us money.
    If your money is only contributed by people against God, then keep it back. We can do without your donations.

    However, death and life imprisonment are not the best punishment for gays and lesbians in any country. A human being should be given chance to change in life.

    1. Jason Feather 30 Nov 2012, 5:09pm

      Elubu it’s always amusing how religious people have the temerity to claim that they know what Gods will is! Fortunately we no longer follow much of what the bible says as we know that is is wrong & no longer applies to modern life (see examples below) so to pick those elements in the bible that describe homosexuality as wrong & reject the following passages is simply to use the bible to support homophobic prejudice & nothing more:

      “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.” (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

      “…whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her” (Mark 10/11)

      “Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

      “Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.” (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

  22. Jason Feather 30 Nov 2012, 5:01pm

    Why not simply bypass the government and give the funds to those charitable organisations working in the country thereby bypassing the government (corruption is rife so this way it gets to the people on the ground rather than politicians)

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