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Offline emeraldize

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Hillary's Condemnation of International Homophobia and More
« on: December 01, 2009, 01:58:08 PM »

Clinton Condemns International Homophobia

[The full text of Clinton's remarks  follow]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called attempts to criminalize
homosexuality "unacceptable" in remarks she made during a press conference
on the Obama Administration's efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

By Kerry Eleveld

On the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday made
the strongest statement yet by an Administration official that the United
States will not tolerate efforts to criminalize homosexuality among
countries that receive US funding to combat HIV/AIDS.

"Obviously our efforts are hampered whenever discrimination or
marginalization of certain populations results in less effective outreach
and treatment. So we will work not only to ensure access for all who need it
but also to combat discrimination more broadly," she said during a press
conference in which the officials also announced that the XIX International
AIDS Conference in 2012 will be held in United States for first time since
1990. "We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize
and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide."

Specifically at issue is pending legislation in Uganda that would extend the
punishment for engaging in gay sex to life imprisonment and introduce the
death penalty for those who do so while HIV-positive - an act termed
"aggravated homosexuality" within the bill.

Mark Bromley, Chair of the Council for Global Equality, said he was pleased
to see Secretary Clinton take a firm stand against antigay bigotry.

"The United States must make it absolutely clear to Uganda that the passage
of the bill, which includes a death penalty provision and criminalizes those
who fail to report suspected homosexuals to the authorities, would
substantially impact our bilateral relationship and our health investments
in that country," he said.

The United States recently pledged to provide Uganda with nearly $250
million in development assistance, mainly to promote health, agriculture and
business initiatives. The grant was announced when the Assistant Secretary
of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, met with Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni in late October.

Clinton's comments came on the heels of an interview with Ambassador Eric
Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, that concerned many HIV/AIDS

"My role is to be supportive and helpful to the patients who need these
services. It is not to tell a country how to put forward their legislation,"
Goosby said of Uganda last week during a Newsweek interview.

Many HIV/AIDS activists felt that Goosby's comments signaled a certain tone
deafness by the Obama Administration to the Ugandan issue. But one person
who consults regularly with the Department of State said the agency has been
heavily engaged with Ugandan officials regarding the fate of the

"They have been working for several weeks behind the scenes at a senior
level within the department to determine what the actual facts are and what
the likelihood is of this bill becoming law," said the person, who spoke on
the condition of anonymity.

The source said the diplomatic goal was to strike a forceful tone that
stopped short of shaming president Museveni, who has yet to take an official
stand on the legislation which was introduced by a lawmaker in his own
party, Member of Parliament David Bahati.

"They are trying to proceed in a way that gives them some private leverage
but also acknowledges that Secretary Clinton has an obligation to speak out
on human rights issues in her capacity as our top international diplomat,"
said the source. "It's been a delicate effort with inconclusive results."

Elly Tebasoboke Katabira, a native Ugandan and president-elect of the
International AIDS Society, said that if President Museveni denounces the
measure, it could ultimately kill the legislation.

"Remember, it was written by a person from his own party," explained
Katabira, "so that person would be very reluctant to push something that was
not acceptable to the president."

Katabira added that Clinton's comments condemning homophobia were "extremely
important" since attitudes in so many sub-Sahara African countries mirror
those in Uganda.

"I wish what Secretary Clinton said could be made available to many leaders
in our region, because then they would know that they don't have the support
of other countries including the U.S.," he said following the press


The full text of Clinton's remarks

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
On The Administration's Efforts on HIV/AIDS

November 30, 2009
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Washington, D.C.

SECRETARY CLINTON: As Valerie Jarrett leaves, I want to thank her for her
leadership on this and so many issues here in the White House and in the
Administration, and for her personal testimony as to the importance of this
issue for her, for President Obama, for all of us.

We are gathered on the eve of World AIDS Day to renew and recommit
ourselves. It is obvious to those sitting in this audience, as I look out at
you and see people who have been involved in this struggle for a long time,
that you know that we have made progress, but we face an unending pandemic,
one that spares no one, that unfortunately, disproportionately affects the
most vulnerable, and which is the defining health challenge of our times.
And we have to address it through a series of broad and cross-cutting global
partnerships and a whole-of-government approach. And that is exactly what we
are attempting to do.

We know the ravages and complexities of HIV/AIDS here in our own country,
and we know, many of us, what it looks like around the world. But we can
take some heart in the progress that has been made over the last two
decades. Access to antiretroviral treatment in low- and middle-income
countries has risen tenfold in the last five years. New HIV infections have
fallen by 17 percent over the last eight years. And much of that progress
has been due to the concerted efforts of the United States Government and
our partners.

I want to applaud President Bush for making a serious commitment to American
leadership in combating HIV/AIDS. His administration spearheaded the
creation of PEPFAR - the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. And by
supporting its implementation and activities, the United States has made the
largest effort in history by any nation to combat a single disease. I
remember well serving as a senator from New York how there was bipartisan
support on behalf of this initiative, and the extraordinary commitment of
dollars and technical assistance that backed it up.

PEPFAR has provided lifesaving antiretroviral treatment to over 2 million
men, women, and children worldwide, through partnerships with other
governments and NGOs. We've supported care for more than 10 million people,
including 4 million orphans and vulnerable children. And PEPFAR's efforts to
prevent mother-to-child transmission have helped nearly 240,000 HIV-positive
mothers give birth to children who are HIV-free. So it is clear that our
nation's investments are having an impact. And President Obama is dedicated
to enhancing America's leadership in the fight against global AIDS with
PEPFAR serving as the cornerstone of our Global Health Initiative to promote
better and more sustainable health outcomes.

Later this week, Ambassador Goosby will present the five-year strategy for
the future of PEPFAR outlining the important role that PEPFAR will play in
transitioning from emergency response to sustainable health systems that
help meet the broad medical needs of people with HIV and the communities in
which they live. In its next phase, PEPFAR programs will support a
comprehensive, whole-of-government approach in many countries to increase
awareness, reduce stigma, and get services to people at earlier stages.

Obviously, our efforts are hampered whenever discrimination or
marginalization of certain populations results in less effective outreach
and treatment. So we will work not only to ensure access for all who need
it, but also to combat discrimination more broadly. We have to stand against
any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT
community worldwide. It is an unacceptable step backwards - (applause) - on
behalf of human rights. But it is also a step that undermines the
effectiveness of efforts to fight the disease worldwide.

We will also redouble our efforts to address the needs of women and girls
who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in many parts of the world.
Promoting the health of women strengthens families and communities and has
positive spillover effects in areas like poverty reduction and education.
Since we know the most effective health programs are integrated with
functioning local and national governments, we will work with partner
governments to assess capacity, identify gaps, and make customized plans to
meet each country's needs.

Now, that means creating more programs like the ones that Ambassador Goosby
and I visited in Africa over the summer. In Angola, for example, our PEPFAR
Partnership Framework supports the country's HIV National Strategic plan to
strengthen the health care infrastructure there.

We visited a clinic in South Africa, which we co-sponsor with the South
African Government, and heard from patients who not only receive care but
also support as they face the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

Our investments in PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and overall global health have
made a positive difference. And we will continue our support, but we have to
do more. We have to make sure that our programs foster conditions that
improve people's lives and, in turn, promote stability, prosperity, and

In this time of very tight budgets in our own government and our own people
suffering from unemployment, from other kinds of cutbacks in services, we
have to do more even here at home. We've seen some of the results of the
cutbacks that are happening at the state and local level. So while we are
talking about our commitment internationally, let's not forget our fellow
citizens who are suffering right now.

And then we also have to make the case to our fellow citizens that our
investment in dealing with the pandemic worldwide is in America's interest.
So we are committed to doing so. President Obama is implementing the repeal
of the "HIV entry ban," a longstanding policy that prevented people living
with HIV/AIDS from entering our country. The repeal will take effect early
in the new year, and will be vigorously enforcing it.

Today, I am pleased to announce that, with the repeal of the ban, the
International AIDS Society will hold the 2012 International AIDS Conference
in Washington, D.C. (Applause.) This conference will draw together an
estimated 30,000 researchers, scientists, policymakers, healthcare
providers, activists, and others from around the world.

So as we look to 2012, we have to continue to seek a global solution to this
global problem. On World AIDS Day, let us renew our commitment to ensuring
that those infected and affected by HIV-the woman on treatment who is
supporting her family, the child who dropped out of school to care for sick
parents, the doctors and nurses without adequate resources- that all those
who have joined together to fight this pandemic will someday live in a world
where HIV/AIDS can be prevented and treated as a disease of the past.

Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

Offline David_CA

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Re: Hillary's Condemnation of International Homophobia and More
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2009, 02:18:56 PM »
Thanks for posting, Em.  I always did like Hillary!
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Offline Cliff

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Re: Hillary's Condemnation of International Homophobia and More
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2009, 02:50:25 PM »
Good on her!  Good on the Obama Administration!  I'm glad DC is gonna host 2012.  Finally!!!

Offline Moffie65

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Re: Hillary's Condemnation of International Homophobia and More
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2009, 07:03:52 PM »

So much good news, and thanks to you for givnging a damn and composing this very uplifting news thread. 

The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Hillary's Condemnation of International Homophobia and More
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2009, 07:26:02 PM »
If you watch Rachel Maddow's show you'll have seen her reporting on the shadowy "The Family" organization that houses many conservative politicians on Capitol Hill.  Last night on her show she discussed their connection with the political class in Uganda as regards this homophobic pending legislation:

"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"


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