Human Rights Watch had some harsh words for the United States government yesterday. Our government’s accused of turning a blind eye to Uganda’s misuse of HIV/AIDS funds, a blissful ignorance HRW’s Scott Long calls “dangerous”:
When the US funds abstinence-only programs in Uganda, it tells people that LGBT peopleâ€™s sexualities are dangerous and must be denied. Supporting prejudice with cash is an approach with deadly consequences for all.
US politicians and pocketbooks underwrite hatred in Uganda. The US has no business lending an aura of respectability to policies that undermine human rights and public health.
Long and his activist friends want the United States to take a stronger stand against the African nation’s homophobic politics. Or, rather, a stand – period.