Many African countries do not recognize or respect gay rights, including Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, according to BBC. In fact, in many African countries it is illegal to be “homosexual.”
But UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called on these nations to confront this discrimination and decriminalize homosexuality.
We are in the 21st century and it is about time Africa caught up- with respect to gay rights. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 1, 2 and 3 ensure that no one is discriminated based on sexuality (among other things) and ensures that everyone is born free and equal under the law.
However, making “homosexuality” illegal creates a subclass of citizenship- a class that is not recognized and deemed illegal under the law.
This needs to change. Gay people should enjoy every right under the law and should not be penalized for who they are.
According to the article, the UK and US have warned they would use foreign aid to push for the decriminalization of homosexuality.
Africa has made so many progressive strides over the last 10 years or so; they must not let this deter them from progress in the eyes of the international community.
Instead, they must embrace change and embrace the ideologies set forth in international laws and doctrines.