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04/19/2007


Zimbabwe President Mugabe Just Learned There are Homosexuals in His Country, Backs Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe spoke out in support of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law on Monday and condemned Western nations for threatening to cut aid, AFP reports.

MugabeSaid Mugabe:

"They (the West) want to tell us... that it's a violation of human rights, that is what they are doing to Museveni right now...The human right you have as a man is to marry another woman not to get another man to marry, we refuse that. It's a terrible world we are in, a terrible world where people want to do things that they feel will enhance their own interests."

Mugabe also said that he has become aware of a group of gays in Zimbabwe and plans to investigate:

"I understand we have a group of homosexuals in this country. I didn't know until I was told the day before yesterday. So we want to check on who is in that group."

AFP notes: "The Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has long operated in the country despite Mugabe's ranting against homosexuality. Police have on several occasions raided the GALZ offices and prosecutors had laid charges against the association accusing it of operating an unregistered organisation."

Mugabe spoke out against gays last July no less than seven times, threatening to chop off their heads:

 “If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads. This thing (homosexuality) seeks to destroy our lineage by saying John and John should wed, Maria and Maria should wed. Imagine this son born out of an African father...Obama says if you want aid, you should accept the homosexuality practice. Aah, we will never do that.”

Mugabe has previously claimed that gay men pose a threat to women's rights, condemned the "gay filth" of European culture, as well as threatened the U.K.'s prime minister over their support of same-sex couples.


Activist Philip Huang Urges People to 'Come' on Uganda: VIDEO

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Activist Philip Huang has made headlines in the past for his attention-getting protests against the Westboro Baptist Church and anti-choice rallies in SF.

Yesterday he took his anger out on the Ugandan government, its anti-gay laws, and American evangelical Scott Lively, in an unconventional street protest in which he attempted to educate the public.

He writes:

I was feeling extremely helpless about the situation in Uganda, so I took to the streets and had pedestrians fling c-m on the faces of President Museveni, Parliament Member David Brooks, and American evangelist Scott Lively.

It doesn't really help the situation but it certainly felt good.

Watch (work-unfriendly language), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Secretary of State John Kerry Phoned Ugandan President to Discuss Anti-Gay Law's Impact

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Ugandan President Museveni yesterday via phone, according to a State Department memo from spokesperson Jen Psaki:

KerrySecretary Kerry expressed the United States’ deep disappointment in the Ugandan Government’s decision to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Secretary noted that the decision complicates the U.S. relationship with Uganda. He also raised U.S. concerns that this discriminatory law poses a threat to the safety and security of Uganda’s LGBT community, and urged President Museveni to ensure the safety and protection of all Ugandan citizens.  The two also discussed the law’s negative impact on public health efforts including those to address HIV/AIDS, as well as on tourism and foreign investment in Uganda. 


National Security Council Staff Meet with Ugandan Activist Frank Mugisha Over Anti-Gay Law

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President Obama's National Security Council met with Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha yesterday to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Law recently passed there and posted photos to Twitter.

The NSC account added: "In their mtg w/ @frankmugisha, NSC’s Grant Harris & Steve Pomper reiterated U.S. support for freedom, justice, equal rights for all Ugandans"


United States, EU, Australian Diplomats Issue Joint Denunciation of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law

Diplomats from the European Union released a statement denouncing Uganda's anti-gay law.

MuseveniStatement below:

STATEMENT FROM EUROPEAN UNION DIPLOMATS ON THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY LAW

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned and disappointed about the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

We strongly believe that all humans share common indivisible rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Law contradicts this universal principle and the Ugandan commitment to protect the fundamental human rights of all of its citizens.

We would like to remind the Government of Uganda of its constitutional and international human rights obligations. Having ratified the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Uganda is obliged to guarantee the human rights infringed by the Anti-Homosexuality Law.

Signed by:

Urban Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden
David Angel, Canadian High Commissioner
Alison Blackburne, British High Commissioner
Dónal Cronin, Chargé d'Affaires of Ireland
Stefano A Dejak, Ambassador of Italy
Scott H. DeLisi, U.S Ambassador
Klaus Dieter Düxmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dan E. Frederiksen, Ambassador of Denmark
Sofie From-Emmesberger, Ambassador of Finland
Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of Norway
Alain Hanssen, Ambassador of Belgium
Alphons Hennekens, Ambassador of the Netherlands
Simone Knapp, Head of Office, Austrian Embassy Development Cooperation
Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France
Gisli Palsson, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of Iceland
Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union
Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner


World Bank Suspends $90 Million Loan to Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law

Actions have consequences, and Uganda is finding that out, as the World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to its health system over the recently passed anti-gay law, The Guardian reports:

Kim"We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the enactment of this new law," World Bank spokesman David Theis said in an email.

It's an unusual move for the World Bank, which typically avoids politics:

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, however, sent an email to bank staff saying the bank opposes discrimination, and would protect the safety of all employees.

He said passage of the Ugandan law was not an isolated incident, as 83 countries outlaw homosexuality and more than 100 discriminate against women.

"In the coming months, we will have a broad discussion about discrimination with staff, management, and our board on these issues," Kim said in the email. "Now is the right moment for this conversation."

According to The Guardian, the World Bank has a $1.56 billion portfolio of various projects in Uganda.


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