Ban: Africa leaders must respect gay rights

2012-01-29 16:02

Addis Ababa - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the opening of a summit meeting on Sunday, told African leaders they must respect gay rights.

"One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long has been discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity," Ban said.

"It prompted governments to treat people as second class citizens or even criminals," he added.

Homosexuality is illegal in several African countries, and previous external criticism of restrictions imposed upon homosexuals has attracted angry responses from African leaders, who claim it is alien to their culture.

After Commonwealth leaders refused to adopt reforms to abolish homophobic laws in 41 member nations, British Prime Minister David Cameron said last year he would consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognise gay rights.

"Confronting these discriminations is a challenge, but we must not give up on the ideas of the universal declaration" of human rights, Ban told the summit.

Gay rights in Africa, most notably in Uganda, have made the news on several occasions last year.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, but a controversial bill that calls for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts was re-introduced in the Ugandan parliament late last year.

The proposed legislation envisages stiffer punishments - including the death penalty - for anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts for the second time as well as for gay sex where one partner is a minor or has HIV.

Gay rights activists have blamed an increase in homophobia in Uganda on evangelical preachers, some of whom are close to the regime of President Yoweri Museveni.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-29 17:47

    Every body wants their rights in the constitution for ever, It is against the laws of Nature and the Laws Of God. However, it is the individual's choice as long as they do not rape our Children in this world and force them into these acts which are against God.

      Aubrey Williams - 2012-01-29 19:01

      Nothing like a narrow minded bigot. Gay does not equal paedophilia!! and if you're going to quote Leviticus - then, dear Charmaine, you should be stoned for wearing cotton and polyester together... because that's your god's law according to your source!

      Vaal-Donkie - 2012-01-29 19:03

      Just spoke to God, He said He didn't recall your conversation, but to tell you that He would love to talk to you again anyway.

      mbossenger - 2012-01-29 20:11

      How can it be against the laws of nature if it occurs in nature?

      Godfrey - 2012-01-30 05:07

      Charmaine, all you achieve is to prove you are just another closed minded, brainwashed and brain addled Christian racist homophobe who selectively peddles the strictures of a book of bronze age myths. Have you even read this stupid book — particularly the bit about no tattoos? It's amusing stuff. I frequently wonder why, among the many rules and proscriptions therein, Christians don't sacrifice oxen or go to the "priest" to be inspected for "white marks". It's all there— right next to the warning regarding the abomination of homosexuality. And if you really want to believe the buybull then note this - "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet." 1 Timothy 2:12 "No wickedness comes anywhere near the wickedness of a woman..... Sin began with a woman and thanks to her we all must die"; (Ecclesiasticus 25:19,24)

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-01-30 15:47

      what f*****g planet are you from??????????? for the record, there are more HETEROSEXUAL peadophiles then homosexual you may want to do your research before making brazen statements like that and while we are on the subject not everyone gives a stuff about your "God" thank you very much so why should we have to respons to those draconic freaking scriptures?? Who do you people think you are????

  • Vaal-Donkie - 2012-01-29 18:59

    I don't support ANY right that has a modifier attached to it. Like GAY rights or WOMEN'S rights or MINORITY rights. It's either a right for everyone, or for no-one.

      mbossenger - 2012-01-29 20:15

      Fine - so anyone of legal age can marry anyone of legal age - sorted.

      Godfrey - 2012-01-30 05:19

      Full caps really helps to make you views more meaningful, hey? What you have written is a thinly disguised excuse for the propensity of Christians like you to discriminate and preach hate against others. Gay Rights - I hate the evil bastards, they must not have the right to marry, adopt children, etc., and I want them to be forcibly "cured". Women's Rights - My god tells me right here in the bible that women are in inferior to men so they must shut up and get back in the kitchen. Minority Rights - We Christians are a majority and I want to impose my skewered and myopic view on the word on everyone else. So no abortion, no contraception, no teaching science, the world is a flat circle, no gays, no laughing in church, ban books books, films and people who mock Jesus, no sport on Sunday, no nudity, no sex. Just like to good old days of the national party. BTW - what about your modified right to freedom of religion?

      Max - 2012-01-30 05:41

      @ Vaal-Donkie, I am with you on this one especially when it comes to BEE which has become a majority right to discriminate against the minority or the rights of criminals that have become more important than the rights of their victims.

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