Economic embargoes and sanctions next to advance ‘gay rights’?
At the end of 2011, Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, also known as a crusader for gay rights around the world, threatened to cut off aid to any nation that violates gay rights. Britain has already slashed $30 million in aid to Malawi after the African nation sentenced two homosexuals to 14 years hard labor (source). Great Britain has threatened to cut off financial aid to the following African nations for their anti-homosexual rights: Ghana, Tanzania , and Uganda . Despite Britain’s threats, the Nigerian senate passed an anti-gay bill. The bill states that anyone practicing homosexuality would be convicted and be made to serve a 14 year prison term. In addition, anyone that aids or “abets” same-sex unions would have to serve 10 years in prison (source). Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, called David Cameron satanic because he stated that he would cut monetary aid to any countries that didn’t promote gay rights (source).
United Nations Resolution on Sexual Orientation
In June of 2011 the United Nations passed its first ever resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity. It focuses on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution was presented by South Africa and Brazil along with 39 additional co-sponsors from all over the world. It was passed by 23 in favor, 19 against, and 3 abstentions (source).
The U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton stated that gay rights is a key focus of the State Department’s human rights agenda (source). Just last month UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told African nations at the African Union Suumit that discrimination based on sexual orientation has been sanctioned too long and that gay rights is a human right (source). Both the USA and United Kingdom have warned African nations that any nation that is opposed to homosexual rights would have their aid used to push for the decriminalization of homosexuality (source).
Are United Nations economic sanctions and embargo’s next line of defense?