White House Releases Statement Denouncing Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney this morning released a statement following the signing of Uganda's anti-gay law by President Museveni:

2_museveniInstead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality. As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world.

Comments

  1. Paul R says

    How would cutting back efforts to fight HIV/AIDS do anything besides further hurt gay Ugandans? (Straight ones too, of course.) Not to mention, most countries discriminate against LGBT people in one way or another.

    To nitpick, “…protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world” sounds a bit odd. “Universal” seems unnecessary or out of place; “inherent” or something along those lines seems more fitting given that LGBT rights are clearly not universally recognized.

    In any event, much of the back and forth “diplomacy” on this issue will occur outside of public view.

  2. Marcel says

    US foreign policy is such that the US can’t afford to see the current Ugandan government fall. It’s an ally. The US has partnerships with countries that have far worse human rights abuses going on today. This, unfortunately, is how geopolitics works. It’s not like the US has done anything about anti-gay or anti-woman human rights abuses with our Middle Eastern allies. Hell, the US allied with Uzbekistan when we knew its leader boiled dissidents alive.

    In terms of human rights abuses, the US can’t act with superiority since everyone knows the US uses torture–physical, psychological, and, sometimes rape–against enemies of the US. Moreover, when the US has respected Republican politicians pushing anti-gay bills as we see in Kansas, Arizona, and Oregon, other nations’ leaders can operate like this.

  3. Marcel says

    By the way, what some people don’t understand is that the US is in competition with China and others for influence in Africa. Africa is the next big market that is coming online. China has been making significant inroads into licensing agreements for minerals and other natural resources. If the US pulls assistance, the Chinese will fill the void and gain influence and access to economic opportunities.

    In these types of situations, it’s best to be cynical. There’s a game afoot.

  4. WOLF says

    Cut off aid. It’s terrible. It’s cruel. It works. The people will be screaming at their government to put things back the way they were. Then we return to normalcy. Not before.

  5. Marcel says

    Wolf,

    You mean aid that goes to starving children or HIV prevention/treatment? How exactly would causing a greater human tragedy not cause more resentment against LGBT people there?

    There is no simple solution.

    Rage should be directed equally at the American interlopers who pushed for this kind of legislation. People like Scott Lively who pushed anti-gay hatred should be indicted for under international law.

  6. JackFknTwist says

    @ WOLF :
    Yes, I totally agree.

    Some posters on here believe in a softly softly approach. Fine.

    But there will be bodies broken, men disfigured, bullies running rampant with self righteousness.
    I want Obama to stop “urging” and start “doing”.
    Again and again I repeat; silence and doing nothing is a repetition of the Thirties in Germany.
    We have blood on our hands because we were silent then. Let’s not compound our stupidity.

  7. Paul says

    This is the third piece of anti-gay legislation in less than a year and I’m sure that the travel records of Scott Lively and his fellow hatemongers will coincide with legislation passed in Russia, Nigeria and now Uganda. Obama should direct the IRS to investigate all organizations involved in spreading the hate beginning with Lively’s Abiding Truth Ministries with an eye to revoking their charitable status and pressing criminal charges.

  8. says

    One can’t help what the anti gay laws are really about? Is it really an attempt to protect children, to uphold morality as has been claimed or just another way to demonize certain sectors of society who are made to symbolize the ills of society and to curry support for a long running president who needed to create a bogeyman that many can now rally against to the mutual benefit of incumbent elite and divert attention to the ongoing pillage of society, of those massacred, maimed , raped and/or forced into exile……

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/02/ugandas-president-yoweri-museveni-signs-harsh-anti-gay-laws/

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