Uganda to Fight Donor Pressure on Gay Rights: Minister

by VR Sreeraman on  July 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM General Health News
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Uganda will resist pressures from donor countries to soften its stance on homosexuality and plans to pass a new law that significantly clamps down on gay rights, a minister said Wednesday.
 Uganda to Fight Donor Pressure on Gay Rights: Minister
Uganda to Fight Donor Pressure on Gay Rights: Minister

"I have been receiving a number of friends from outside Uganda telling me that we should go slow on the rights of people who promote anal sex," Ethics Minister James Nsaba Buturo said.

"And I'm telling them, 'well, if you in your countries you've chosen to promote anal sex that is your business but leave us alone."

He said that donors have threatened to withhold financial support if Uganda does not alter its position.

The minister added that the government was finalising a draft law aimed at curbing the promotion of gay rights to be tabled in parliament.

Referring to a recent press conference by gay rights campaigners, Buturo said: "That will soon be impossible for them to do... It will impossible for them to issue literature that is aimed at mobilising support."

Buturo has in the past said homosexual sex threatens Ugandan civilization because it does not produce children and accused the United Nations of a secret plot to spread homosexuality.

He has also called for the banning of miniskirts because they can cause road accidents by distracting male drivers.

Source: AFP
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