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UK Government: Uganda’s anti-gay law will damage the country’s international reputation

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  1. It’s not good enough, but then it’s never good enough unless our government wants to take us into a profitable war, then all of a sudden Human Rights abuses are used as a massive propaganda tool to justify action.

    Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya… it seems that our government and others are so quick to look the other way and make placating statements about their “disgust” over abusers of Human Rights, but when there’s something in it for them they go on the attack and start sanctions before they’ve even released a statement.

    If only our government had morals and actually stood up for Human Rights in any meaningful way, rather than act as and when it’s in the best interests of Foreign Policy to do so.

    I’m shamed of my own country for this obvious hypocrisy and lack of morality.

  2. Surely Uganda should not be in the Commonwealth???

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Dec 2013, 7:03pm

    If we’ve already cut off aid, then what is this strong and close partnership all about then? I’m sorry but dialogue and diplomacy never work in situations like this. I mean, look what we’re dealing with, religious demented freaks. I’m all for booting them out of the Commonwealth which would resonate a lot more than empty words of condemnation. It will put all the others on notice, no aid, no membership.

    1. That There Other David 20 Dec 2013, 8:54pm

      Sadly we don’t get to choose who is or isn’t in the Commonwealth. Look at the LBGT rights records of the Commonwealth nations and it’s more likely they’d boot the UK out for taking action against Uganda. East African countries , Caribbean Islands, even Pakistan. Do you think they’ll stand up for Ugandan LGBTs?

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2013, 12:02am

        Then I think pressure should be put on Uganda to leave. Gambia did, Fiji has been suspended. We get nothing out of it and few of them uphold basic human rights anyway.

  4. Helge Vladimir Tiller 20 Dec 2013, 7:10pm

    This FASCISTIC LAW is partly due to fanatic Christian missionaries from USA, who for several years have been spreading their poison in Uganda !

    1. Yes, US Christian fundamentalist’s, they’ve already had a couple decades of spreading the most vicious and relentless anti-gay propaganda through the ubiquitous evangelical churches they have encouraged to spread everywhere in Uganda.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Dec 2013, 7:54pm

      Those U.S. fundamentalists are trying to distance themselves. One of them is the most dangerous fundie in America according to many blogsites there, i.e. Scott Lively who was due to speak at the Oxford debate this past summer. I think the Home Office should bar him from ever entering the UK. Several American right wing organisations are cheering India and Uganda saying they want it to happen in the U.S. Christian Concern in the UK I’m sure is very supportive of it having urged Jamaica to outlaw homosexuality and ban all rights for gay people.

  5. jonnielondon 20 Dec 2013, 8:13pm

    Governments are urged to facilitate the arrest and deportation to the Hague for those involved in this legislation to be tried for crimes against humanity.

  6. The really concerning part is that people must grass on someone who is gay,or face imprisonment.If that in itself is`nt a huge human rights abuse,i dont know what is?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2013, 1:52pm

      Smacks of Nazi Germany, Gestapo state.

  7. Colin (Queenstown/London) 20 Dec 2013, 8:47pm

    My heart goes out to all the Gay people in Uganda. It must have been difficult before this mad Law was passed but in this day and age to have a backward law passed must hurt and dent your faith in human kind. It would me.

    I so wish Uganda well. But I wish every one of the politicians and those responsible for this bill a major crisis in their lives so they feel the pain that they just inflicted on a minority group of good people who really as just living their lives.

    I hope Uganda is destroyed economically and somewhere in Africa a leader will emerge that has influence and uses common sense, is anti religion, and demands HUMAN RIGHTS for all.

    Uganda should be thrown out of every international body on the planet. All religious groups should be condemning this Country and it’s law. I wonder if the vatican or the coe will say anything here…somehow I doubt it but live in hope.

    I so want to shout to this planet GROW UP.

  8. Colin(Queenstown/London) 20 Dec 2013, 9:10pm

    This situation also remind me to never relax about the rights we have won. We must remain diligent to ensure our rights are not threatened by religious or other organisations.

    1. Very true.
      American and British bigots have been in Jamaica this month convincing them to keep their 14 year prison sentences for gay sex. They will never publicly say that they want the same punishments to be written into their home country’s laws, but the fact that they speak in favor of them anywhere on earth gives the whole game away.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2013, 12:06am

        Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern is one of the bigots advocating for Jamaica to deny LGBT people any rights. Her group should be designated as a hate group which it most certainly is. She can scream abuse of religious freedom all she wants. What she is doing is inciting hatred against LGBT people. An evil woman who is a member of the CofE Synod until 2015.

  9. Please people, stop trying to put the blame on white people once again, yes there have been missionaries but they didn’t vote for this, they didn’t sponsor it and they won’t be signing it.

  10. It’s a start… now, do as the Dutch have done with the innocent LGBTI Russians publicly-humiliated and persecuted, formally inform the ex-British colony that any and all LGBTI asylum applications from Uganda [and all existing or former Commonwealth of Nations members who still criminalise homosexuality] will be properly and seriously investigated and expedited… feel free to use the term “fast tracked”!

  11. It is a pity that law makers in Uganda are not informed in their policy making through reading and a wide range of research on issues of sex and sexuality. As usual, it is easier to hide one’s head in the sand and pretend or wish away gay people. A very sad decision indeed for we gay people in Uganda. Unfortunately, it is done in the name of Christianity and protection of the family values.

  12. Mr.Bahati,the guy who put forward this extreme legislation can apparently be contacted at dbahati@parliament.go.ug

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