Following the death of David Kato, Conservative MEP Charles Tannock has said that African aid should only be given if the continent is willing to develop gay rights.
In the European Parliament in Strasbourg last Thursday, the Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Spokesman raised the issue of the campaigner’s death, saying that he believes it was a direct result of the hatred and hostility towards Uganda’s LGBT community, whipped up by certain hard-line parliamentarians in that country.
Twice in the past year the European Parliament has lambasted the attempts by some MPs in Uganda to mandate the death penalty for the so-called crime of same-sex activity.
Tannock said: “It is inevitable that in a climate of such bigotry the lives of gay rights activists would be endangered, and so it has sadly proved to be the case with David Kato. He knew the risks of publicly defending gays. He and other alleged homosexuals were outed last year by a newspaper which printed their photos next to a headline which said, disgracefully, ‘hang them’. I am sure that many of my London constituents are deeply concerned about the European Union giving financial aid to a country where such disgusting sentiments are not only tolerated but sometimes apparently officially condoned.
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