Uganda's LGBT community under threat
Uganda's LGBT community under threatAn anti-homosexuality bill makes a comeback.
Uganda recently moved to ban 38 non-governmental organisations for promoting homosexuality and has reintroduced a bill that includes harsh sentences for homosexual activity. Homosexuality in Uganda has long been illegal, originating in British colonial law, but the new moves come as gay activists are increasingly demanding equal rights.
The Ugandan government claims that Western countries are pressuring Ugandans to accept liberal ideals that are not welcome in Africa. A similar bill failed in 2009 after pressure from countries that contribute to Uganda’s foreign aid. Nearly 80% of Ugandans believe that homosexuality is “morally wrong”, while opposition members say that the bill is a distraction from other human rights issues. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared last year that gay rights are synonymous with human rights, saying that the US would use all diplomatic tools, including foreign aid, to promote gay rights abroad.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Frank Mugisha (@frankmugisha), Executive Director for Sexual Minorities Uganda; Scott Lively, President of Defend the Family International; and Charles Radcliffe from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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