Does Obama’s fear of Chinese in Africa excuse him from his promise of sanctions for gays?
By Melanie Nathan, July 01, 2014.
The U.S. President, Barack Obama, seems to have gone ahead with an invitation to the “first abuser” of LGBT Uganda’s human rights, despite his promise to blacklist all such abusers from entering the United States. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is among African leaders invited by the President to the first ever American-African Summit scheduled to take place in Washington in August this year. And it was this very “first abuser” who declared war on the world’s gays and enacted persecutory anti-LGBT laws by signing the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume confirmed that President Yoweri Museveni would attend the one week event.
“Yes we received an invitation and the President will be going to the US for the Summit,” he said. He refused to discuss further details.
Some speculate that the invitation is a reaction to the Chinese influence gripping hold of Africa. I guess that reasoning could certainly override a fearful Obama’s decision to not permit those who hound and persecute gays into the U.S.A. But who ought to be higher on the black list than the man who signed a law that has resulted in banishment, evictions, firings, beatings and exiles.
The visit sits in stark contrast to this assertion by the White House, who announced only last week that human rights abusers would not be permitted into the U.S.
Restricting entry to the United States. We want human rights abusers, worldwide, to know their misdeeds are not unnoticed and would-be human rights abusers to understand that there are consequences for engaging in such actions. The State Department is therefore taking steps consistent with its current authorities (including Presidential Proclamation 8697) to restrict the entry into the United States of specific Ugandan individuals involved in serious violations or abuses of human rights, including those determined to have committed such violations or abuses against LGBT individuals. While we will not identify the individuals whom we have watch-listed in line with confidentiality requirements, this step makes clear our commitment to sanctioning individuals determined to have perpetrated human rights abuses or who are responsible for such acts in the future. In addition, the United States will also take steps consistent with current authorities to restrict entry into the United States by Ugandans who are found responsible for significant public corruption.
Admittedly the White House never said who was on that black list – but surely we could assume it would include the man who signed the persecutory and abusive law that the sanctions were designed to target.
There is clear evidence of the Museveni corruption and his flagrant breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We can add to the vomit menu this clear endorsement by Obama of a 30 year M7 dictatorship.
Nonetheless if Mr. Museveni graces our shores, we will be there in force to welcome the man with a cordial set of handcuffs designed for citizen arrests. And lest we forget there shall be NO diplomatic immunity for war criminals. After all it was Museveni who declared war on the world’s gays. Let the battle begin!