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Homosexuality Law : U.S sanctions on Uganda. A little too late?

How about we come to a quid pro quo? And just go with it.

I woke up to what seemed like a celebration in the media of the US finally imposing sanctions on Uganda over the Homosexuality law. For the gay community that must have felt like a step towards perhaps the Ugandan government being pinched a little and somewhat more understanding towards the plight of Homosexuals in Uganda. But who exactly benefits from these sanctions bestowed upon Uganda? What price do normal people face in the name of Uganda not looking weak, taking a stance regardless of the consequences because we want to seem uninfluenced?!

The law signed in February allows life imprisonment for acts of "aggravated homosexuality" and criminalizes the "promotion of homosexuality.’ Without a doubt this law is unjust, who should really be restrained from loving whom they want, why should a particular group of individuals choices affect a whole nation you may ask? Because everyone should count!

Am in no way an advocate for financial Aid, yet I realize why we need it, you do not see me a civilian drafting a law that the government not associate with western Aid. We must all know our powers, our specific roles, and by all means be able to choose our own association. In my own humble accord aware of the things my government cannot do alone, just like Uganda knows that it cannot fully function without aid from other countries, how about the same simple compassion to understand the length to which giving back to its people can go far in the liberation of this small fraction of outcast people who are contributing a lot this nation’s economy.

Justification of homosexuality is essentially up to an individual. The truth is that there is not going to be an extinction of homosexuals at some point in the future so how about the part of the world that does not want to deal with it invest in themselves and educate themselves a little. With all these freedoms we have been given by Man or God, how about we go back to the simple do to thy neighbor theory because life eventually plays itself out. Since making homosexuality illegal in Uganda, the highs of the mass, the brain washing of young children , convincing them to hoist hate posters of something they have no grip whatsoever in. Leaving stamps of homophobia in the media will not take away homosexuality. Maybe these sanctions will lead to change, maybe not? But one thing is certain, there is going to be a loss of jobs for particular people, their lives and those of their families are the ones largely going to be impacted by these sanctions and the irony is these sanctions do not in any way discriminate. Both gay and straight people will be affected. Maybe, yes am still hopeful a few people’s views towards humanity will change and there will be some sort of awakening, a small leap towards the freedom of homosexuals in Uganda.


libudsuroy's picture

Difficult but...

Dear Tash,
Tough life for Ugandans these days! Especially for its LGBT communities who have to go underground because of the Anti-Homosexuality Act enacted early this year. What dire punishment for exercising sovereignty over one's choices -- a life sentence! As early as March, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway had announced their cuts on aid to Uganda. But the Ugandan government had only toughened its stand."There is no blackmailing us.'' Now, Obama had announced its sanctions. Will it be helpful to sanction or not sanction? As you said, a backlash on local communities and the NGOs is a big possibility. Some activists, according to a Christian Science Monitor article, say the sanctions are too little, too late. On the other hand, Washington Post says the dynamics between aid sanctions and the Ugandan government stance might just be the right emboldening forces to ignite the human rights activism in your country.Of course, on the ground, it will be difficult for everyone, most particularly the human rights activists, the LGBT communities.

Have you seen the campaigns on social media? Like on Facebook?

Keep on speaking your mind, Tash. And keep safe, sister!

libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

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