African Leaders Have Obligation To Protect Citizens, Including Those In LGBT Communities

New York Times: Antigay Laws in Africa
Adotei Akwei, managing director of government relations at Amnesty International USA

“The new antigay law in Uganda is alarming and, sadly, not shocking. … [I]t follows the passage of similar legislation in Nigeria and fits within a growing trend that Amnesty International reported on last July. … The direction in which these leaders are taking their countries is horrific and appalling. Human rights activists and societal leaders must raise their voices and use their power to prove to one’s compatriots that being gay is not an affliction and that all people, no matter what their sexual orientation, have a right to be protected by their governments” (2/26).