U.S. Secretary Kerry Compares Uganda’s Anti-LGBT Law to Nazism, Apartheid
February 26, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
U.S Secretary of State John Kerry likened Uganda’s recently-enacted anti-LGBT law to Nazism in Germany and apartheid in South Africa.
"It was wrong there egregiously, in both places, and it is wrong here," Kerry said to reporters earlier today.
On Monday, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-homosexuality bill, which imposes a life sentence on those guilty of “aggravated homosexuality,” into law. Formerly known as the "Kill the Gays" bill, the anti-homosexuality law once included the death penalty.
HRC has called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to recall the nation’s ambassador to Uganda for consultation in DC.
Read Secretary Kerry’s remark below:
Uganda – what has happened in Uganda is atrocious, and it presents all of us with an enormous challenge, because LGBT rights are human rights. It’s that simple. And the signing of this anti-homosexuality bill is flat-out morally wrong. If you think about the very language – think about it – that a first offense – think about language – first offense of being gay or a bigger crime of aggressive homosexuality, you could change the focus of this legislation to black or Jew, Jewish, and you could be in 1930s Germany or you could be in 1950s-60s apartheid South Africa. It was wrong there, egregiously, in both places, and it is wrong here. But it’s bigger than just Uganda. I mean, there’s Nigeria, there’s – there are 78 other countries besides them in which you have these laws that are just contrary to human rights and contrary to human nature.
So this anti-gay movement is obviously bubbling up in various places around the world. It’s not just an African problem. It’s a global problem, and we’re wrestling with it, and we’re going to as we go forward. And that’s why I’ve made very strong statements about it. And when the ambassadors come back here in a week or so from all over the world, this will be one of the major focuses of our discussion, is how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis.