Antigay Laws Go Global But Countering A Challenge

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    Mar 02, 2014 5:56 AM GMT
    Antigay legislation is nothing new. The United Nations estimates that 78 countries ban homosexuality, and seven countries allow the death penalty for those convicted of having consensual homosexual relationships. Until a few years ago, the issue barely registered in diplomatic affairs. Global outcry was limited to protest petitions organized by gay advocacy groups.

    “What’s unique about this moment is the compassion and public attention there is at the global level,” Jessica Stern, executive director of the New York-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

    But to what end?

    Conservative governments around the world openly flout the warnings of international leaders, developing new measures to repress their citizens based on sexual orientation. There is little that international organizations like the United Nations can do, except issue statements of concern. And rich countries like the United States confront awkward new questions about how to handle important gay-bashing allies.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 02, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
    The UN along with wealthy countries like the US and the UK should just issue stern warnings, enact these anti-gay measures as law than risk losing all your foreign aid until such laws are permanently repealed. Hit these oppressive regimes where it hurts the worst, in their pocketbooks.
  • Apparition

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    Mar 02, 2014 5:34 PM GMT
    hit them where it hurts, put a satellite in geosynch over their territory and give them free internet showing the west, and how to overthrow their governments.
  • olden

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    Mar 03, 2014 9:35 PM GMT
    Gay rights and the freedom to be openly gay is very new. Alan Turing committed suicide in 1954 after conviction for being homosexual by the British Courts. He was the man who decrypted the German Enigma code and did more than almost anyone else is making it possible to win the Second World War. I was a teenager when he died and I knew by then I was gay.

    Do you realize it was just last year that the British Government apologized for their persecution of Turing.

    But the US was no better than England at that time. If you want to see how the "enlightened West" tolerated homosexuality see the movie Maurice or read about Oscar Wilde's life and death. Look at the events leading up to the Stonewall Inn Riots. That was our "Bloody Sunday in Selma." That is where we started to gain our freedom. June 1969, that was only 45 years ago.
  • FRE0

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    Mar 03, 2014 11:05 PM GMT
    In Uganda, people complain that the U.S. never criticized the Ugandan government for its corruption or violation of human rights until the U.S. began criticizing Uganda for its repressive legislation against gays. They see that as hypocritical.

    It may be that if our government had begun criticizing the Ugandan government years ago for its corruption and for its abuses of human rights then the people of Uganda would be more willing to listen to criticism of oppressive legislation against gays.

    Of course this does not excuse what is happening in Uganda, but it may shed some light on the negative way that Uganda is responding to our criticism of discrimination against gays.
  • FRE0

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    Mar 03, 2014 11:22 PM GMT
    Apparition saidhit them where it hurts, put a satellite in geosynch over their territory and give them free internet showing the west, and how to overthrow their governments.

    Probably they'd just jam the signals; that is easy to do and was done by Communist Russia to jam Voice of America broadcasts. I suppose that if the signal were beamed by satellite via a highly directional antenna and people who wanted to listen had highly directional receiving antennae, jamming might be impossible. However, I doubt that many people in Uganda have such antennae available.