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STATEMENT FROM EUROPEAN UNION DIPLOMATS ON THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY LAW

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned and disappointed about the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

We strongly believe that all humans share common indivisible rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Law contradicts this universal principle and the Ugandan commitment to protect the fundamental human rights of all of its citizens.

We would like to remind the Government of Uganda of its constitutional and international human rights obligations. Having ratified the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Uganda is obliged to guarantee the human rights infringed by the Anti-Homosexuality Law.

Signed by:

Urban Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden

David Angel, Canadian High Commissioner

Alison Blackburne, British High Commissioner

Dónal Cronin, Chargé d'Affaires of Ireland

Stefano A Dejak, Ambassador of Italy

Scott H. DeLisi, U.S Ambassador

Klaus Dieter Düxmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dan E. Frederiksen, Ambassador of Denmark

Sofie From-Emmesberger, Ambassador of Finland

Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of Norway

Alain Hanssen, Ambassador of Belgium

Alphons Hennekens, Ambassador of the Netherlands

Simone Knapp, Head of Office, Austrian Embassy Development Cooperation

Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France

Gisli Palsson, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of Iceland

Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union

Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner
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"Government of Uganda of its constitutional and international human rights obligations"
Uganda does not need to be forced to compile to international human rights obligations that are in contravention of its own beliefs, norms, cultures, values and traditions. Local and National interests before international interests. And where the internationalization interests contradict the national ones then the national ones take priority. No wrong committed by Uganda, European Union needs to be aware of terms such as 'Intercultural intelligence and competences" in their relating with countries under their dominion.
 
True but Uganda was not forced to sign onto the international treaties that they are being reminded to respect. I think the same reminder would be issued if Uganda had signed a law that calls for imprisonment of women, children, people with disabilities or other marginalized groups.
In other words Uganda should be allowed to discriminate against gay and lesbian people because it is their 'culture'?. laughable notion to say the least.
 
I agree with Friedel. Uganda is "speaking with forked tongue" or to quote the Bible is "double-minded". The government should no longer be a signatory to documents it does not agree with, unless it was to ensure that aid was forthcoming. Well, that is now in jeopardy, thanks to the anti-homosexuality act, passed by illegally by a small group of extremist and  populist MPs.
  
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