Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Light Moment

Another assignment or two for Clinton.

By William McGuinness
Given former President Bill Clinton’s success in negotiating the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee from North Korea, would like to suggest a few more stops on Clinton's way home.

Currently, seven countries put LGBT people to death for homosexual activity, and many others levy heavy prison sentences or fines on those believed to participate, proven or not.

4. Uganda

Government officials have called for the imprisonment of homosexuals since 1999 when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said they should be “locked up.”

In 2008, officials from Amnesty International called for a stop to the practice with language specifically alluding to the arrests of three HIV/AIDS activists.

Amnesty UK director Kate Allen (pictured), calling for their release, said, “We consider these three to be prisoners of conscience, detained for their peaceful activism,” she said.

In Uganda, no government aid is given to gay people infected with the virus since 1983.

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