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posted Friday, December 27 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 52
Uganda and Nigeria pass new anti-Gay bills - U.N., U.S., and Britain condemn them
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Uganda and Nigeria pass new anti-Gay bills - U.N., U.S., and Britain condemn them

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. and Great Britain - the two leading sponsors of aid to Africa - have joined United Nations officials in condemning new anti-Gay laws passed in Uganda and Nigeria.

Uganda passed an only slightly less draconian version of its infamous 'Kill the Gays' bill on December 20. Instead of calling for the execution of Gays, the law as passed only provides for life in prison.

Both the White House and the U.S. State Department rushed to condemn the law.

Jonathan Lalley, assistant press secretary for national security at the White House, said the Obama administration is 'deeply concerned' about the Uganda measure.

'We are deeply concerned by the Ugandan Parliament's passage of anti-homosexuality legislation,' said Lalley. 'As Americans, we believe that people everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality - and that no one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love. We join those in Uganda and around the world who appeal for respect for the human rights of LGBT persons and of all persons.'

Meanwhile, Aaron Jensen, spokesperson for the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, told the Washington Blade that the Obama administration remains strongly opposed to any form of anti-Gay legislation abroad.

'The United States respects the sovereignty of Uganda and the prerogatives of its Parliament to pass legislation,' said Jensen. 'Nevertheless, we oppose any legislation that undermines a person's enjoyment of his or her human rights, and for that reason we condemn legislation that criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adults or criminalizes simply being of a particular sexual orientation or gender identity.'

Jensen said the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would not only discriminate against LGBT Ugandans, but 'seriously undermine' efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the African country.

'We reiterate our long-standing opposition to this bill,' he told the Blade.

The Ugandan bill was first proposed by Member of Parliament David Bahati in 2009, but was held up for several years in part because of international pressure on the Ugandan government not to pass it.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni must now sign the bill within 6o days for it to become law. International human rights activists are urging him not to sign.

'The knock-on effect of passing this bill will reach far beyond Gay and Lesbian people in Uganda, impeding the legitimate work of civil society, public health professionals and community leaders,' said Aster van Kregten, Amnesty International's deputy director for Africa.

Nigeria's parliament also passed a bill that adds more severe penalties for same-sex relations, including new punishment for attempting to enter into a same-sex marriage.

'It would place a wide range of people at risk of criminal sanctions, including human rights defenders and anyone else - including friends, families and colleagues - who stands up for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender people in Nigeria,' Amnesty International said in a statement.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the law.

'I am very concerned that the rights of LGBT people& their sexual orientation rights are being violated; that they are being subjected to discrimination and I condemn this law of Nigeria because it violates the Equality Clause both of Nigerian law as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which speaks of equality for all,' Navi Pillay said on BBC's World News TV program.

'Nigeria has signed many treaties,' she continued. 'Nigeria has to report how it's implementing and delivering on its obligations.'

She said Nigeria will be expected to tell the U.N. bodies 'how it is addressing discrimination in various forms.'

British Prime Minster David Cameron said he would raise the question in bilateral talks with Nigerian leaders.

'This is something we raise continually and ... we're also saying that British aid should have more strings attached in terms of 'Do you persecute people for their faith or their Christianity or do you persecute people for their sexuality?' Cameron said in a statement.

'We don't think that's acceptable. So look, this is an issue where we want movement, we're pushing for movement, we're prepared to put some money behind what we believe.'

In the past, Cameron has threatened to cut off British aid to countries like Uganda and Nigeria that criminalize same-sex relations.

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