GOOD condemns rising government homophobia in Uganda

Of all African countries that were colonized, South Africa emerged from this unjust period, characterized by the cruel and unjust suppression of human rights, last.

GOOD condemns the reported decision by the government of Uganda, a country that has been independent for more than twice as long as South Africa, that it is preparing to reinstate unjust colonial laws to restrict human rights and even condemn to death those who are born different to others.

GOOD condemns the announcement from the Government of Uganda that it is resurrecting the so-called “Kill the Gays” Bill.

To discriminate on race, sexual orientation, disability, hair or eye color or any other of the myriad of factors which creates our wonderfully diverse society means we have learnt nothing from history.

As our much loved former President Nelson Mandela reminded us, no one is born hating another person.

He said “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Hate is never the solution. We encourage all Ugandans, all South Africans and all Africans to take the words of this great leader to heart and live by his example.

Human rights are everyone’s concern. You do not need to be black to fight racism, a woman to fight gender violence or gay to fight homophobia.

We appeal to Minister Naledi Pandor to champion South Africa’s commitment to human rights and to champion the right to freedom of sexual orientation from oppression and discrimination on the African continent.

The idea of a death sentence for a person’s sexual orientation is abhorrent and we cannot remain silent.

Our government must raise its voice and use its influence on the continent to kill the bill.

Cameron Arendse