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DENMARK To Hold Back $9.8m in Aid to Tanzania Over GLBT Persecution

DENMARK To Hold Back $9.8m in Aid to Tanzania Over GLBT Persecution

Development minister Ulla Tornaes of Denmark has released a statement that the county will withhold over 9.8 million dollars in foreign aid to the county of Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician were made and also because of news of LGBT persecution happening in that country.

 “I am very concerned about the negative development in Tanzania. Most recently the totally unacceptable homophobic statements from a commissioner,” Ms Tornaes said on Twitter.

“I have therefore decided to withhold DKK 65m in the country. Respect for human rights is crucial for Denmark.”

Last month, Paul Makonda, (pictured above) commissioner for the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, called on the public to report suspected gay men to the police.

He said he would set up a surveillance squad to track down gay people.

Back-peddling the government of Tanzania said at the time that Mr Makonda was expressing his personal opinion, not government policy.

It said the government would “continue to respect and uphold all human rights as provided for in the country’s constitution”.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Denmark is Tanzania’s second biggest aid donor.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni To President Obama: Don’t Tell Me How To Run My House

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has responded to President Obama’s denouncement of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill, saying, “You can’t tell me how to run my house.” While Museveni has not yet signed the bill, but some reports say he might do so over the next few days.

Museveni also issued a lengthy written response to Obama. Here’s how it begins:

I have seen the statement H.E President Obama of the USA made in reaction to my statement that I was going to sign the anti-homosexual Bill, which I made at Kyankwanzi. Before I react to H.E. Obama’s statement, let me, again, put on record my views on the issue of homo-sexuals (ebitiingwa, bisiyaga in some of our dialects). Right from the beginning of this debate, my views were as follows:

1. I agreed with the MPs and almost all Ugandans that promotion of homosexuality in Uganda must be criminalized or rather should continue to be criminalized because the British had already done that;

2. Those who agreed to become homosexuals for mercenary reasons (prostitutes) should be harshly punished as should those who paid them to be homosexual prostitutes; and

3. Exhibitionism of homosexual behavior must be punished because, in this part of the World, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct (kissing, etc) even for heterosexuals; if I kissed my wife of 41 years in public, I would lose elections in Uganda.

As for President Obama not being able to tell Museveni  how to “run his house”.  Obama can tell our country to end the millions of dollars a year in aid to Uganda which has reported for years been absconded by its corrupt government and not going to those who need it.

Zimbabwean President Mugabe Calls British PM David Cameron ‘Satanic’ For Backing Gay Rights

Zimbabwe recieves hundreds of dollars a year from foreign countries in aid and more than once the Zimbabwean government has been caught with its hands in the cookie jar more than once stealing money and diverting it from the poor which it was intended to help.

Afraid that he will be losing money to further build up his abusive regime Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is upset that Britain which said earlier this year that it would increase annual aid to Zimbabwe to more than £100 million a year in an attempt to encourage fair elections and government reforms is putting tighter reigns and reforms on aid monies including the right to oversee where the monies go and  to talk to try to persuade the  government to not persecute  minorities within the country weather they be religious, disabled or gay.”

Britain has already cut aid to Malawi by £19 million following the sentencing of two gay men to 14 years hard labour. They were later pardoned.

Mugabe, has said the concept was “stupid” and that homosexuality was inconsistent with African and Christian values..

“It becomes worse and Satanic when you get a prime minister like Cameron saying countries that want British aid should accept homosexuality,” he said. “To come with that diabolical suggestion to our people is a stupid offer.”

Speaking to a group of young people at a community event in a mining town in Zimbabwe’s Midlands region Mugabe said of homosexuality “It is condemned by nature. It is condemned by insects and that is why I have said they are worse than pigs and dogs.”

Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary states that human rights adherence is one of four requirements for governments seeking British aid, along with poverty reduction, good financial management and accountability to their citizens, and non-compliance would see aid money channelled to civil society groups and charities rather than cut altogether.

Which means less money directly to President Robert Mugabe and his goverment and out of thier deep thieving pockets and more money directly to civil society groups and charities in the country itself .

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UK Government will redirect aid for anti-gay countries but NOT cut it

 Secretary of State for international development, Andrew Mitchell, today held a meeting with leading gay-rights groups in the UK and confirmed that foreign aid to countries that fail to recognise human rights will be redirected away from their governments and into other areas.

The initial proposal to stop aid to anti-gay countries was unclear and resulted in backlash both within the countries and by aid and LGBT supporters. There was uncertainty about who would be most affected by the changes and mixed reactions to the feasibility of its goals. One British friend of mine was recently asked in Uganda why his government “is promoting homosexuality”. In an attempt to clarify the intentions of this proposal, it has been determined that there will be no cuts in the amount of aid given to these countries, but rather the governments will lose the power to control these resources unless they change their attitudes towards human rights.

Last month Mitchell stated that “Taking money away from Governments does not mean you do not support that country. You find other mechanisms for trying to help the poorest with food, education and health care as well as building up business structures”.

Leading human rights and gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell explained why a simple cut in aid would be counterproductive:

“Although human rights abuses are unacceptable and violate international humanitarian law, any reduction in aid would penalise the poorest, most vulnerable people in developing countries. Many are dependent on aid for basic needs like food, clean water, health care and education. They should not be made to suffer because of human rights abuses by their governments.”

He went on to explain the need for proper profiling around the intentions of this action, and to “counteract the negative LGBTI backlash that this misreporting has generated in some African countries.” The association of cuts in aid with the gay community and/or Western impositions of values is certainly not going to help the cause, but rather worsen homophobic attitudes.

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/11/22/minister-confirms-uk-will-redirect-aid-not-cut-it-for-human-rights-abuses/

David Cameron threatens to decrease UK Aid to anti-gay countries

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has taken a new tack in showing that the UK is strongly against the anti-homosexuality laws that exist in some nations. He is proposing that UK aid be limited for certain countries unless they reform their legislation banning homosexuality.

The issue was raised at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth where Cameron stated the recipients of UK aid should “adhere to proper human rights”. With many of these laws a legacy of the British Empire, the UK perhaps feels particular responsibility for helping change them. 41 of the 54 members of the Commonwealth have anti-gay laws.

But has the colonial legacy evaporated too much for Cameron to wield such legitimate authority? Will the stick prove more effective than the carrot? Or is this simply blackmail?

This could generate more anti-West sentiment amongst nations who already begrudge Western values being imposed upon them against their will. Can this be an effective long-term approach if it is unlikely to change the attitudes within the country? If anything, it could lead to greater resentment for homosexuals.

Cameron did concede that he does not expect countries to change overnight. But during the fight for changing governmental attitudes, it is the people who may suffer the consequences. For many in the developing world, they will resent the fact this issue may take precedence over life-threatening levels such as extreme hunger, yet for many homosexuals in these countries this is also a matter of life and death

It should be noted, however, that this threat would not actually reduce the overall amount of aid to any one country as it only applies to one type of bilateral aid – general budget support.

Either way, it is reassuring for many to see LGBT issues being taken seriously at a national level, and by none other than a conservative government!

UK Development Secretary: UK Will Withhold £ From African Nations With Homophobic Policies

UK Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has confirmed in an interview with Sky News, that the United Kingdom will be withholding foreign aid to African countries with poor gay rights.
Andrew Mitchell, the development secretary. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
“We have been very clear on this – where we think Governments do not have respect for human rights, it will have a big effect on the way we carry out this funding. Taking money away from Governments does not mean you do not support that country. You find other mechanisms for trying to help the poorest with food, education and health care as well as building up business structures..

“It is not about taking money away from countries but finding other mechanisms to help them. We take a very clear line. In a number of countries in Africa that discrimination against homosexuality has concerned us. In Malawi when they kicked out the British High Commissioner we looked at the whole nature of that relationship.

“We were aware there had been some expenditure by the President. We were aware there had been some lack of human rights – the intention to criminalise lesbianism – all took a part in my decision to stop funding the government centrally.

“What we don’t want to do is take money away from very, very poor Malawians who England, and particularly Scotland have a strong relationship with.”

Source James Park @ PinkNews