Government to cut aid to anti-gay countries

{jcomments off}The UK government could cut aid to countries which have anti-gay policies.

It’s being reported that the Con-Dem government is planning to cut aid to ‘anti-gay’ countries – those which actively persecute gay people. So called ‘aid fines’ could be imposed on Uganda and other countries for their homophobic laws – so reports the Mail on Sunday. The international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has warned countries the UK will cut funding to them if they persecute gay and lesbian communities.

“The government is committed to combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad. We take action where we have concerns. 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.” – A spokesperson for Mr. Mitchell quoted by Pink News

The UK government is planning to increase the amount of foreign aid it gives countries over the course of this parliament. The government plans to increase spending on foreign aid has met with controversy from some who feel at a time of budget cuts elsewhere the extra money should go towards funding UK citizens. However, the fact the increase in foreign aid now seemingly comes with strings attached – and isn’t doled out ‘willy-nilly’ – might stem some of the controversy.

The rise of homophobia, particular amongst some African countries, has been noticeable of late. Uganda and Ghana are two such countries which have recently hit the headlines for their anti-gay stance. Uganda considered introducing the death penalty for homosexuals while in Ghana government ministers spoke about arresting ‘all gay people’ and ‘curbing’ the ‘menace’ of homosexuality.