The United Kingdom plans to reduce its official development assistance to African countries that persecute homosexuals, the country’s international development secretary has announced.
U.K. Secretary for International Development Andrew Mitchell noted the U.K. has already suspended 19 million pounds ($29.67 million) in budget support to Malawi earlier this year over governance and related concerns. Mitchell said the U.K. government is now considering aid-related sanctions on Ghana and Uganda for their tough anti-gay and lesbian policies and stances, the Daily Nation says.
“We only provide aid directly to governments when we are satisfied that they share our commitments to reduce poverty and respect human rights,” the Daily Nation quotes a spokesperson of Mitchell, who emphasized the U.K. government is “committed to combating violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all circumstances, in this country and abroad.”
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