A government survey showed homosexuality is illegal in 18 out of the 36 countries the Netherlands gives regular aid to, Development Minister Bert Koenders said in a statement, with punishment ranging from prison sentences to the death penalty.
“The Netherlands will promote as much equal treatment of homosexuals as possible. We will not avoid awkward discussions about this,” he said in a letter to parliament.
Koenders has asked Dutch ambassadors in developing countries to push for gay rights unless local human rights organizations object on grounds it would be counter-productive.
You know what would be even better? Sanctions. Take away people’s money and they really start to listen. Okay, not always, but we’re not sure “awkward discussions” will scare people straight.