Sunday, 30 October 2011

U.K. to Block Aid to Countries That Persecute Gays, Christians

 The U.K. will block development aid to countries that persecute Christians, gays and lesbians, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

African leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, Australia, which started Oct. 28, were told in bilateral meetings that U.K. aid will be dependent on them improving human rights and equality, Cameron said in an interview with BBC TV’s Andrew Marr show.

“We want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people,” Cameron said, according to a transcript of the interview. “British aid should have more strings attached in terms of ‘do you persecute people for their faith or their Christianity or do you persecute people for their sexuality?’ We don’t think that’s acceptable."
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