At the opening talks of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the continent’s leaders to respect LGBT rights, according to the Voice of America.
“Let me mention one form of discrimination that has been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for far too long: discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This has prompted some governments to treat people as second-class citizens, or even criminals,” said Ban. “Confronting this discrimination is a challenge. But we must live up to the ideals of the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights].”
The VoA reports that, after the opening session, “more than one speaker… expressed irritation at what many perceive as outside interference in African affairs.”
Ethiopia, which was hosting the conference, doesn’t have a good track record on even allowing gay people to assemble freely.
An international AIDS conference in Addis Ababa last month was nearly derailed when the leaders of Ethiopia’s main religious denominations scheduled a joint news conference to express outrage at a planned meeting of gay-rights activists. The clergymen called off their protest only after the gay-rights meeting was moved from a local hotel to the United Nations compound.
But, you know what? They’re right. We really should just mind our own business.
Quick question: Does the financial support, medical supplies, educational grants, military assistance and technology that the U.N., the U.S., and other pro-equality nations and organizations provide count as “outside interference”?
‘Cause we can stop all that too.