David Cameron has been urged by African gay rights activists to take a stand on the treatment of Gay people in commonwealth countries.
African Gay rights activists held a protest outside Downing Street on Wednesday demanding that the Prime Minister make a statement on the homophobic laws being propagated in some commonwealth countries despite the UK being pro equality.
Edwin Sesange, coordinator of African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond group which organised the protest accused the Prime Minister of a double standard by not backing tough words with action.
“The UK government prides itself on the progress it has made for gay rights. David Cameron vowed to help defend LGBTI rights around the world. His promises have not, however, been backed with sufficient action. This is his chance to make amends.”
“Far from moving towards equality, we have seen many Commonwealth countries witch-hunt their LGBTI citizens and even tougher anti-gay laws have been recently legislated in countries like Uganda, Brunei and Nigeria.”
One of the Nigerians taking part in the protest, Christian LGBTI lobbyist and film maker Elizabeth F Obisanya said, “ it’s a disgrace what has happened in countries such as Nigeria.”
“Jesus came to give Life and Life in abundance to whomsoever , this applies to the LGBT community who Jesus also died for. The penalty of death written in Leviticus and the rest of the Law of Moses we are told He paid (Galatians 3:13) and He then abolished the whole system and established Grace.”
“That’s what we expected from the Nigerian law makers – the Law of Grace not the law of Moses. How is denying HIV (straight and gay) treatment a work of God? Jesus came to Heal the sick etc..as it is many are being denied treatment and yet Christians are not ministering to them.”
African gay rights activist Peter Tatchell who led the Downing street protest urged David Cameron to publicly ‘speak out against homophobia in commonwealth countries in the run up to the Common Wealth games,’ starting in Scotland in July.
Mr Tatchell urged the Prime Minister to uphold the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution which prohibits any form of discrimination in athlete selection during the games.
The activists fear that countries with homophobic laws would discriminate against athletes who are gay by denying them a chance to represent the countries.
Nigerian lawmakers recently passed a law which makes it illegal for anyone to be gay. Gay people face up to 12 years in jail if they are found guilty.