Poisonous Anti-LGBT laws in Africa must go: Amnesty International

Horrific attacks on queer people, condoned by certain governments in Africa have reached dangerous levels, says a report by Rights watchdog Amnesty International.

Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 sub-Saharan African countries it said in a report titled “Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa”.

Governments are increasingly criminalising “homosexual acts” by seeking to impose new laws and draconian penalties, it adds.

Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report.

This sends the “toxic message” that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, Amnesty says.

Many Africans, influenced by evangelistic preachers, regard homosexuality as un-Christian, say local journalists.

In 2011, the US and UK warned they would use foreign aid to push for homosexuality to be decriminalised on the socially conservative continent.

On the other hand, there are indications Rightist Christian groups in Western countries like the US “actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa”.

‘Inflaming hostility’

In the last five years, South Sudan and Burundi introduced new laws criminalising same-sex relations, it says.  The parliaments of Uganda, Liberia and Nigeria have draft laws before them, seeking to increase penalties, Amnesty adds.

“These poisonous laws must be repealed and the human rights of all Africans upheld,” Amnesty said.

QUEER SCAPEGOATS

“In some African countries political leaders target sexual orientation issues to distract attention from their overall human rights records, often marked by rampant discrimination and violence against women, corruption and lack of media freedoms,” it added.

In South Africa, at least seven people, five of them lesbians, were murdered between June and November 2012 in what appears to have been targeted violence related to their sexual orientation or gender identity, the report says.

This is despite the fact that homosexual acts are not illegal in South Africa and the country boasts one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, it adds.

In many instances, media reports also inflame hostility towards people not conforming to heterosexual norms, Amnesty says.

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HOMOPHOBIC MEDIA INCITES KILLING

In 2010, Uganda’s Rolling Stone magazine published a photograph of gay rights activist David Kato next to a headline reading “Hang Them”, it says.

Just a month later, he was killed in his home, Amnesty adds.

In Cameroon, people are regularly arrested after being denounced as being gay or lesbian because of their “appearance or conjecture, rather than evidence”, Amnesty says.

David Kato Kisule was murdered after Uganda's Rolling Stone magazine called for 'Hanging of Gays'

David Kato Kisule was murdered after Uganda’s Rolling Stone magazine called for ‘Hanging of Gays’

Some individuals accused of same sex conduct in Cameroon have been imprisoned for three years without trial or charge, it adds.

Former detainees from Cameroon told Amnesty that they were subjected to “invasive procedures such as forced anal exams” while in custody, the report says.

In Kenya, people told Amnesty that sometimes the police threaten to arrest them under provisions in the penal code related to same-sex relations in order to obtain a bribe, the report adds.

“Extortionists also use the existence of these laws to demand money or goods in exchange for not revealing real or even made-up private details to the media, community or police,” Amnesty said.

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3 Responses to Poisonous Anti-LGBT laws in Africa must go: Amnesty International

  1. keith francis farrell

    June 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Jesus never taught for or against homosexuality. This raises the question, if homosexuality truly is a sin worthy of eternal damnation, as some believe it is, then why didn’t Jesus discuss it? He certainly preached at length concerning every other sin listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Timothy 1:9-10. Why would He leave this one out?

    “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33) therefore I cannot see Him leaving out such a ‘critical’ sin from His discussions. A more plausible explanation is that God has never been concerned about homosexuality, or heterosexuality for that matter. Each are equally part of God’s plan of creation. It is only mankind’s fears and prejudices that have concocted this monstrous imaginary sin, not God. Jesus talked at great length concerning many other issues such as love, mercy, grace, reaching the lost, the ministry of reconciliation, stewardship, and the healing of body, soul and mind. Yet at times the church seems more preoccupied with a subject He never taught about, than about the matters He did.

    Scripture says that when we see Jesus, we have seen the Father (John 14:9; Hebrew 1:3). Since Jesus never talked about the issue we can deduce that neither Jesus nor the Father is concerned about homosexuality. Instead, He preached “the good news to the poor” and proclaimed “freedom for the captives and recovery of sight for the blind”, to “release the oppressed”, and proclaimed the “year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19) to all who would accept Him. Teaching us that we would do well to focus our thoughts upon Jesus and turn away from the prejudices of men.

    • Susan Hill

      June 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Keith, endorse your thoughts.
      God isn’t concerned about someone’s sexuality.
      The Christian community in Africa is being misled by a lot of rightist elements who are politicians in the guise of preachers.
      Jesus never talked about the issue.

    • boy shakira

      June 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Keith says, “It is only mankind’s fears and prejudices that have concocted this monstrous imaginary sin, not God. Jesus talked at great length concerning many other issues such as love, mercy, grace, reaching the lost, the ministry of reconciliation, stewardship, and the healing of body, soul and mind. Yet at times the church seems more preoccupied with a subject He never taught about, than about the matters He did.”
      COULDN’T SAY IT BETTER
      Though I’m not Christian, I do know that Jesus was about LOVE, not hate and prejudice and killing and persecuting your neighbour…..

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