Friday, 6 November 2009

UK government statement on Ugandan bill

In a statement given to PinkNews.co.uk, a spokeswoman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

“We are concerned by the introduction of a private member’s bill on anti homosexuality in Uganda.

“Adoption of the bill could do serious damage to efforts to tackle HIV and its criminalisation of organisations that support homosexuality could, in theory, encompass most donor agencies and international NGOs.

“The UK, alongside our EU partners, has raised our concerns about the draft bill and LGBT rights more broadly with the government of Uganda, including with the prime minister and several other ministers, the Ugandan Human Rights Commission, and senior officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We will continue to track the passage of the bill and to lobby against its introduction.”

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Friday, 6 November 2009 at 9:41pm GMT | TrackBack
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"Adoption of the bill could do serious damage to efforts to tackle HIV and its criminalisation of organisations that support homosexuality could, in theory, encompass most donor agencies and international NGOs." - UK Government Statement -

On these grounds alone, the government of Uganda, and the Anglican Church of Uganda, should be very wary of passing this bill of discrimination, and criminalisation, against the LGBT community in Uganda. Whatever the 'moral view', the withdrawal of aid from the international organisations that presently help to battle the scourge of HIV/Aids in Uganda could prove devastating for the country, and who could blame the agencies for their swift and strategic withdrawal of services and aid from Uganda - and all other states that seek to criminalise and endanger the LGBT community?

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Saturday, 7 November 2009 at 4:59am GMT

Swine Flu.

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