Canada urges Museveni to respect human rights of all Ugandans as Scotland offers to give asylum to country’s persecuted gays

By Norman W Miwambo

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's office said: "We will continue to support efforts to decriminalize homosexuality and combat violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation."
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s office said: “We will continue to support efforts to decriminalize homosexuality and combat violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

Canada’s Foreign Ministry has announced that its position with Uganda on human rights issues will only become more persistent following the recent signing of the anti-gay legislation by President Yoweri Museveni.

A carefully worded statement from Foreign Minister, John Baird’s office to The London Evening Post, says: “We strongly urge the President [Yoweri Museveni] to protect the human rights of all Ugandans regardless of their sexual orientation, in accordance with Uganda’s constitution. Canada has repeatedly raised our concerns with the Government of Uganda, and we have done so again. Our engagement on human rights issues will only become more persistent. We will continue to support efforts to decriminalize homosexuality and combat violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

Condemning the newly signed Uganda anti-homosexuality legislation, Canada said that the signing of the homosexuality bill by Museveni “will serve as an impediment in our relationship with the Ugandan government” though it did not say how this would be done.  Canada does not give aid directly to Uganda government but mainly supports ‘Feed the Children’, a Canadian aid organization that works to combat child hunger in Uganda.

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