Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Gracious day from Manila!

Tough anti-gay African bureaucrats and tyrants beware! Your politically incorrect mindsets will cost you an enormous lot in terms of aid cuts from donor countries. This is the message being brought forth to politically incorrect Africans by the bureaucrats of the UK, and if pursued by the donor the move will be precedent-setting.

The issue involved here is not exactly anti-gay versus pro-gay, but rather that of human rights. The equal rights of marginal sectors, such as paraplegics, senior citizens, women, gays & lesbians, children and small planters is the core issue involved.

Below is the reportage on the subject coming from the DevEx.

[Philippines, 23 October 2011]

UK to Cut Aid to African Countries With Tough Anti-gay Policies
By Ivy Mungcal on 10 October 2011
The United Kingdom plans to reduce its official development assistance to African countries that persecute homosexuals, the country’s international development secretary has announced.
U.K. Secretary for International Development Andrew Mitchell noted the U.K. has already suspended 19 million pounds ($29.67 million) in budget support to Malawi earlier this year over governance and related concerns. Mitchell said the U.K. government is now considering aid-related sanctions on Ghana and Uganda for their tough anti-gay and lesbian policies and stances, the Daily Nation says.
“We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights,” the Daily Nation quotes a spokesperson of Mitchell, who emphasized the U.K. government is “committed to combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad.”
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Ivy Mungcal
Ivy covers international development breaking news for The Development Newswire, Global Development Briefing and other Devex publications, focusing in particular on U.S. aid reform as well as the Americas and Caribbean.


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