Call to Urgent Action Show your outrage — “Let us tell the United Nations that we do not reward Homophobic countries with positions of global leadership,” Melanie Nathan
By Melanie Nathan, May 28, 2014.
Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa is set to become President of the UN General Assembly on 17 June – unless you can help stop him.
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The Reasons are much more than just anti-gay:
“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 and military intervention in the Congo,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“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 and 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.
Tatchel has 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.
“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 and human rights abusers being appointed,” said Mr Tatchell.
President Obama, Sec of State Kerry, Samantha Power , David Cameron, William Hague and governments worldwide should be lobbying the UN to block Kutesa’s appointment on the grounds that his political record is inconsistent with UN principles.