Tough Love: Britain Will Cut Aid to ‘Anti-gay’ Nations
The British Prime Minister has vowed to get tough on African  countries with poor records on gay rights by slashing millions of pounds  from their aid payments. 
In a sign that Britain is no longer prepared to turn a blind eye to  nations that victimize sections of society, David Cameron will tell  African leaders they will receive funding “fines” if persecution of gays  continues, the Daily Mail reports.
The UK government has already taken steps against Malawi, cutting aid  by $30 million after two homosexuals who held an engagement ceremony  were sentenced to 14 months hard labor. And payments could be cut  further to the southern African nation, which has received $312 since  2008, if it proceeds with plans to bring in tough anti-lesbian laws.
Uganda (due to receive $109 million this year) and Ghana (due $56  million) could also face sanctions if they refuse to drop antiquated  anti-gay laws. The possibility that these countries will see their aid  slashed seems increasingly likely as Uganda has plans to punish same-sex  couples with the death penalty, while Ghana’s president has promised to  “check the menace of homosexuality.”
A UK government spokesman said it is committed “to combating violence  and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad.”
Reiterating Britain’s threat of aid withdrawal, the spokesman added,  “We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that  they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights.”
Last month, the leaders of Britain’s three main political parties  pledged their support for a new London-based gay rights organization,  called Kaleidoscope, hoping to modernize gay rights in former British  colonies.
The organization, which plans to leverage the UK’s political clout by  encouraging countries to revoke discriminatory legislation, was  strongly backed by Prime Minister Cameron who said “I want Britain to be  a global beacon for reform.”
Well played Britain!

Tough Love: Britain Will Cut Aid to ‘Anti-gay’ Nations

The British Prime Minister has vowed to get tough on African countries with poor records on gay rights by slashing millions of pounds from their aid payments. 

In a sign that Britain is no longer prepared to turn a blind eye to nations that victimize sections of society, David Cameron will tell African leaders they will receive funding “fines” if persecution of gays continues, the Daily Mail reports.

The UK government has already taken steps against Malawi, cutting aid by $30 million after two homosexuals who held an engagement ceremony were sentenced to 14 months hard labor. And payments could be cut further to the southern African nation, which has received $312 since 2008, if it proceeds with plans to bring in tough anti-lesbian laws.

Uganda (due to receive $109 million this year) and Ghana (due $56 million) could also face sanctions if they refuse to drop antiquated anti-gay laws. The possibility that these countries will see their aid slashed seems increasingly likely as Uganda has plans to punish same-sex couples with the death penalty, while Ghana’s president has promised to “check the menace of homosexuality.”

A UK government spokesman said it is committed “to combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad.”

Reiterating Britain’s threat of aid withdrawal, the spokesman added, “We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights.”

Last month, the leaders of Britain’s three main political parties pledged their support for a new London-based gay rights organization, called Kaleidoscope, hoping to modernize gay rights in former British colonies.

The organization, which plans to leverage the UK’s political clout by encouraging countries to revoke discriminatory legislation, was strongly backed by Prime Minister Cameron who said “I want Britain to be a global beacon for reform.”


Well played Britain!

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