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Kaleidoscope Trust: Uganda’s passing of anti-gay law represents a terrible fortnight for LGBT rights

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  1. It’s very disappointing that there has been no condemnation from other governments that we can see.
    There should have been a statement from the US, UK and UN immediately after this was passed ending all aid and business ties to the country.

    There has to be a tough stance against this, and it has to be taken now, before there are gangs roaming around Uganda burning people to death for being labelled as LGBT. We know what is going to happen, these are unstable nations already, and this kind of radicalization supported by the state will lead to murder.

    I give it 24 hours before we start to see stories of people being killed for being accused of being LGBT. Like a witch hunt, this is about to turn disastrous.

    Why is the international community so pathetically silent on this once again?

  2. The real problem lies within the Commonwealth. Unbelievably, despite the claim that Commonwealth countries are supposed to uphold human rights, there are now 40 member countries where gay sex is considered a crime. What hope of getting Uganda to be more progressive when countries like Jamaica and Singapore haven’t even taken basic steps forward?

    Successive British governments have been too soft in tackling homophobic laws across the Commonwealth out of fear of not offending – this needs to change now.

    Earlier this year Queen signed the ‘Charter of the Commonwealth’ which was supposed to oppose “all forms of discrimination”. When something like this happens in Uganda you wonder whether it’s even worth the paper it’s written on.

  3. Did you get any other press releases about this today, or is this one the last?

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Dec 2013, 4:44pm

    I’m sorry but dialogue and diplomacy don’t work any more with religious based anti-gay regimes like that. Boot the bastards from the Commonwealth

  5. My Stomach churns today after hearing this news. To imagine the emotional reaction and possible fear any LGBT must immediately have for their well being in Uganda is something unimaginable to most of us.

    Have not yet heard any reaction to this from our Government in Canada. Speaking out is vital, how ever we have to be wary of “how” we respond and the direction we take in efforts to convince Uganda this is an unacceptable violation of human rights.

    My immediate thoughts go to ending Aid to Uganda, how ever having listened to Activist Frank Mugisha urge governments to be cautious with this kind of thinking and reaction. His knowledge of the situation in Uganda and fear of threats or actions of retaliation placing LGBT in great danger threats and violence can’t be overlooked.

    I know no one in Uganda. I am aware of Frank Magisha and I fear in my thoughts for his and his and other LGBT immediate safety.

    Continued:

    1. Continued:

      I have in the past posted this link to an interview Frank Mugisha gave to the CBC whilst in Canada early this year, I urge all people to listen to this interview and be cautious before commenting on cutting of aid in retaliation. Because this is the one thing many Ugandans will react to placing himself and others in immediate danger.

      Here’s the link.. click the “listen” button (below his picture) the interview starts after other brief news items.

      http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/06/12/ugandan-gay-rights-frank-mugisha/

  6. GulliverUK 20 Dec 2013, 7:03pm

    Condemnation from governments, or organisations, whilst welcome, won’t make any impact. We’ve reached the point where actual sanctions must now be applied, including the possibility of expulsion from the Commonwealth. Trade sanctions are worth considering, although I don’t know of anything I’ve bought, or even seen in the shops, which was produced there. We should produce a buyers guide for fruit/veg so we know what to look for. Could we produce a ban list? We could lobby the government to suspend all aid to Uganda – or at least all bilateral support, and that could include action on a global scale. Action is what is now required – people have spent years saying how terrible it would be, well, now it’s happened, and we have to act, not talk.

    1. Gulliver, I agree with much of your comment, with regard to ending Aid how and sanctions (which I do feel will be required and necessary) caution has to be our first priority. We are not Ugandan, and as such have to consider the immediate danger we place (with good intent) all LGBT in be responding with fury to the situation.

      If you have not listened to the interview I have linked before with activist Frank Mugisha, I urge you to listen to it and his comments about why ending Aid is the most feared reaction LGBT in Uganda have and advise against!

      Click the “listen button below his picture”

      http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/06/12/ugandan-gay-rights-frank-mugisha/

  7. What response have we had from Anglican Archbishop Welby over this? What action does he intend to take against the Anglican bishops in Uganda who support this inhuman law and encourage anti-gay hysteria there?

  8. LGBTA Ugandans should be supplied the means with which to defend themselves against this attempted genocide.

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