UK Threatens to Cut Off Foreign Aid to Countries that Persecute Gays
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has already cut aid to Malawi by £19 million after two gay men were sentenced to 14 years hard labour.
And he has warned the country’s leaders to scrap plans to introduce draconian new anti-lesbian laws.
‘We now allocate funds every three months, rather than every year, so that we can review a country’s performance, for example on human rights, and take swift action when governments fall short. We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights.’
On one hand: Oh heck yes. David Cameron is no longer messing around when it comes to LGBT rights, having announced his plan to legalize gay marriage in lieu of civil unions througout the UK. It’s inspiring to see a world leader actually put his money where his mouth is when it comes to human rights and liberties.
On the other hand: Malwai, Uganda and Ghana are the three countries to be most affected by this new policy, and their citizens are already some of the poorest in the world. Cutting critical aid to these nations will most likely result in an even poorer education climate, which in turn will breed further ignorance and more homophobia, and higher incidents of THIS.
It’s a total lose-lose.
Do you agree with Cameron’s decision to tie foreign aid to LGBT rights?
(via Daily Mail)