The Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter to the Obama administration Tuesday calling on the White House to review aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws.
The letter, from 41 members of the CBC, says they are “especially concerned about the enactment of draconian laws in Uganda and Nigeria in recent weeks and the effect that may have in other countries...”
The caucus asks the United States to review not only Uganda, but all countries where we are engaged in assistance efforts, requesting that we move funds away from countries that criminalize homosexuality and toward non-governmental and civil society organizations that do not support discriminatory laws.
"Such laws not only violate human rights, they endanger lives and undermine public health efforts, most notably programs to address HIV/AIDS, which must be conducted in a non-discriminatory manner in order to be effective," the CBC says.
In addition to calling for a review of aid, the CBC asks the Obama administration to “empower U.S. embassies to protect individuals endangered by anti-LGBT laws” and requests that the White House work with the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations to “support the repeal of discriminatory laws, to dissuade the adoption on anti-LGBT legislation, and to bolster human rights-based policies that support, not persecute, marginalized populations.”
The Congressional Black Caucus ends their letter by noting that while we must respect the sovereignty of other nations, “the United States will continue to stand against any efforts to marginalize, criminalize, and penalize vulnerable persons in any society.”
A copy of the letter including signatures from 41 members of the caucus can be seen on BuzzFeed.
[Congressional Black Caucus]