David Cameron, in a recent interview with BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, threatened to cut aid to anti-gay countries, adding that nations receiving UK aid should “adhere to proper human rights.” The UK prime minister said he raised the issue with some of the states involved at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia.
Mr. Cameron said he had spoken with “a number of African countries” and that more pressure had been applied by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who deputised for him during parts of the summit. (peacefmonline)
Though Mr. Cameron’s threat applies only to one type of bilateral aid known as general budget support, and would not reduce the overall amount of aid to any one country, I strong object to his threats especially on African countries.
Look, if UK has accepted gay rights, I don’t think that you should compel every country to follow suit. Every nation is governed by leaders as you are governing the UK. So it would be unacceptable to threaten any government to adhere to your “so called proper human rights”. The gay issue is exclusive to each country and leaders must be allowed to consider it thoroughly.
Every nation and how they are handling these gay issues. As long as they don’t intimidate them, then their rights are not taken off; and the level of pressure from gays in every country is not the same. Most African countries have not witnessed these issues at the level of the UK and other western countries. Hence, it may not be a major priority to governments though they will also be coming up with structures to manage issues of human rights regarding gays.
It is high time western leaders realised that African leaders are also capable to making decisions and that using threats to compel them to accept your believes will not work anymore and in fact, it is old-fashioned, disgraceful and unacceptable.
The issues of Gays have come to stay now in our world and I strongly share the opinion with those who believes that Governments should take the necessary steps to make sure that gays are not intimidated or manhandled but in doing so, Mr. Cameron should realise that cutting aids as a measure to force countries to obey your commands will not be accepted and I call on all African leaders be keen on these issues and handle the gay issues the way that will make sustainable peace prevail on the African continent and not be in a hurry to make any decisions that will send the African continent to a dark world.
So can’t you direct your missions to other parts of the world too? NATO done with Gaddafi in Libya, Obama preparing to go to Central Africa, ICC is keenly waiting to spread its nets to cover Omar Al- Bashir of Sudan and now Mr. Cameron is threatening to cut aide.
No one must make life on earth for gays uncomfortable, they are humans and deserve respect but in considering these issues, we must not be fast to make life uncomfortable for other people too as well.
African Leaders should must be watchful!