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Minister Betty Amongi Defends Uganda’s Stance on Homosexuality at UN Assembly in New York

Uganda's Stance on Homosexuality

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The Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, Hon. Betty Amongi Akena, stood firm yesterday at the UN Headquarters in New York, reiterating Uganda’s position on homosexuality. In a meeting with a lobbyist group advocating for LGBTQ rights, Minister Amongi defended Uganda’s stance, as well as that of G77+China and NAM member states.

During the meeting, Minister Amongi emphasized Uganda’s cultural and conservation context, aligning with many other countries in NAM and G77+China. She highlighted the strong belief in the importance of family within the context of religious beliefs and culture, shaping the national perspective on the issue.

Moreover, Minister Amongi underscored the principle of democracy, stating that each country must subject ideological debates such as homosexuality to its people. She noted that the majority of the population in countries she represents at the meeting have legal regimes outlawing same-sex marriage.

Addressing concerns about LGBTQ advocacy efforts, Minister Amongi expressed reservations about the movement’s methods, accusing them of indoctrination and recruitment of vulnerable youth with promises of financial incentives and resettlement abroad. She asserted that such practices undermine the principle of mutual respect.

Highlighting the global debate on homosexuality, Minister Amongi pointed out that the issue remains contentious even in the USA, where over 200 anti-LGBTQ laws have been proposed in more than 20 states. She urged the delegation to focus on issues that unite all United Nations member states, rather than divisive topics.

The meeting concluded on a positive note, with both parties engaging in constructive dialogue. This morning, Minister Amongi is scheduled to address delegates on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, further emphasizing Uganda’s commitment to global development initiatives.

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