Uganda’s anti gay Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa is set to become President of the UN General Assembly on June 11th unless we can stop this from happening. UK Human Rights Activist Peter Tatchell stated, "A close ally of the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, Sam Kutesa is accused of support for the new anti-gay law, financial corruption, political repression & military intervention in the Congo. As a senior government minister, he has colluded with enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which dictates automatic life imprisonment for any form of same-sex contact with sexual intent - even mere kissing and cuddling. His government is harboring the leader of the M23 rebel group, Sultani Makenga, who is on a UN sanctions list. The Ugandan government is refusing to hand over Makenga to the Congolese authorities or to the International Criminal Court. It is outrageous that Kutesa has been nominated by the African Union. He is not a fit & proper person to hold this prestigious UN post. Surprisingly, it appears that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has not, so far, objected to his appointment or attempted to challenge it. I have written to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, urging that a decision on Kutesa's appointment be delayed until his suitability for the presidency is assessed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Read Letter)
Looking to the future, the UN needs to put in place a proper scrutiny procedure for all candidates for senior posts, to prevent corrupt officials & human rights abusers being appointed." We need to stop this from happening.
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