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Thursday, 24 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Situation of LGBTI persons in Uganda

  Assita Kanko, on behalf of the ECR Group. – Mr President, two African countries criminalise same—sex relations. Four of them punish homosexuality with death. This is a heartbreaking and awful statistic. I have spent my whole life trying to help others fight intolerance and discrimination. When I was a kid I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I had not been heterosexual. A lot of conversations I heard referred to homosexuals as criminals or people who are not clean. It’s really awful to know that today this is still the case.

It has also been my experience that to really achieve meaningful and lasting change in attitudes and beliefs, you not only have to condemn and be bold or sound sad, but also promote education programmes and community dialogue for concrete and sustainable results. We need to help increase trust between local people and the NGOs who carry out the brave and important work of protecting the LGBTI community in these countries. Europe needs to work together with communities, police forces and the political system of these countries to bring an end to this deplorable situation. We must use every opportunity we have in our dialogue with these countries to promote tolerance, education and understanding, because everyone has a right to be free and everyone has a right to live and love without fear.

Last updated: 5 December 2019Legal notice