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Richard Branson Boycotting Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law, Urges Others to Do the Same

Sir Richard Branson has written a post on the Virgin website urging companies worldwide to stop doing business with Uganda because of its anti-homosexuality law and points out other countries where such laws exist.

BransonWrites Branson:

Ugandan MPs have passed a new law making homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment. The law also means people who do not report gay people can be sent to prison.

I have been courted by various people and government officials to do business in Uganda. I was seriously considering it.

However, the dreadful witch hunt against the gay community and lifetime sentences means it would be against my conscience to support this country.

I would urge other companies worldwide to follow suit. Uganda must reconsider or find it being ostracised by companies and tourists worldwide.

The Economist published a graphic showing where homosexuality is illegal in 2013, which makes for distressing viewing. More than 80 countries worldwide criminalise homosexuality, with the death penalty in place in five countries and areas of Nigeria and Somalia.

Governments must realise that people should be able to love whoever they want. It is not for any government (or anyone else) to ever make any judgements on people's sexuality. They should instead celebrate when people build loving relationships that strengthen society, no matter who they are.

You may recall that Branson, in 2011, spoke out against a similar anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria.

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  1. hopefully others will follow his lead!

    Posted by: Reality | Dec 24, 2013 12:31:16 PM


  2. What I know of this guy (who is quite frankly a Freak of major proportions) is that this is not a publicity stunt. He knows what it is to be an outsider and he abhors this sort of treatment of other outsiders.

    Bravo!

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Dec 24, 2013 12:31:31 PM


  3. Is it a media stunt? He does very little business in Africa actually...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 24, 2013 12:41:17 PM


  4. It's hard to boycott a country that doesn't do anything.

    Rather, we should be funding humanist schools in Uganda. Provide Ugandan children an alternative to the crazy nonsense other schools teach, and start teaching kids to value freedom, evidence, equality, achievement, and social responsibility.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 24, 2013 1:41:37 PM


  5. Chick-Fil-A just announced plans to open 1000 new franchises in Uganda. 'Cause you know how them Black folks love that chicken.

    Posted by: Chuck Phillé | Dec 24, 2013 1:46:51 PM


  6. @Chuck - LOL

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Dec 24, 2013 2:09:03 PM


  7. Virgin! Like!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 24, 2013 2:10:54 PM


  8. Ankerich; I think he explained that in the article

    "I have been courted by various people and government officials to do business in Uganda. I was seriously considering it.

    However, the dreadful witch hunt against the gay community and lifetime sentences means it would be against my conscience to support this country".


    Even if it was a publicity stunt, it would be good anyway, because it will give awareness to an issue that generally is ignored in the mainstream media

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 24, 2013 2:18:30 PM


  9. I hope many other companies and charities and governments follow Mr. Branson's lead. However with over 80 nations still criminalizing homosexuality, boycotts have to be first targeted at the most horrendously homophobic nations,

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 24, 2013 3:14:16 PM


  10. But it still serves Branson better....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 25, 2013 11:53:05 AM


  11. Andrew thinks awareness is an action...sad...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 25, 2013 11:53:34 AM


  12. @ANKERICh: What makes you presume to know what I think? EXPLAIN!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 26, 2013 1:03:08 AM


  13. Want to know what's really disturbing? One of the most powerful gay man in the world is heading a company profiting in that country. Yes there is an Apple store in Uganda.

    Posted by: Funbunz | Dec 26, 2013 6:05:36 AM


  14. ...well Apple doesn't actually have a brick & mortar establishment in Uganda (to my chagrin).

    Posted by: Funbunz | Dec 26, 2013 6:20:50 AM


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