Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hillary Speaks Out Against Uganda's "Kill the Gays" Bill

Reports from Uganda have been conflicting in the last few days. It looked as though Uganda's leaders were going to strip the death penalty from it's anti-gay legislation. Over the weekend it came to light that the African nation, in a show of defiance against international pressure, Ugandan legislator, David Bahati, who introduced the genocidal bill, has no intention of changing the proposed legislation, despite calls from world leaders, including the Vatican and evangelical leaders, to respect the basic human rights of homosexuals.
Adding her voice to the growing chorus is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In a speech at Georgetown University, Clinton said:

"Calling for accountability doesn’t start or stop at naming offenders. Our goal is to encourage—even demand—that governments must also take responsibility by putting human rights into law and embedding them in government institutions; by building strong, independent courts and competent and disciplined police and law enforcement. And once rights are established, governments should be expected to resist the temptation to restrict freedom of expression when criticism arises, and be vigilant in preventing law from becoming an instrument of oppression, as bills like the one under consideration in Uganda to criminalize homosexuality would do."
The text of the full speech is available at Politico.com.
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