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The President was issuing a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies Tuesday under the subject “international Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons.”

Obama added: “By this memorandum I am directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.”

The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States commitment to promoting human rights, Obama charged.

This is the first time US is taking a much wider and serious action involving security organs to end the so-called discrimination of homosexuals.

The timing is so crucial since Uganda intends to debate and pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Legislators led by Ndorwa East MP David Bahati Barnabus Tinkasiimire have since vowed to pass the bill once tabled in Parliament.

Nigeria and Malawi recently passed anti-gay bills while Ghana has openly said no western power should think of bulldozing her into legalising homosexuality.

Obama’s move is perceived as an attempt not only to win local support ahead of US presidential elections but also draw more campaign funds from pro-gay billionaires.

“That is why I declared before heads of state gathered at the United Nations, “no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere,” he said.

“Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere. Our deep commitment to advancing the human rights of all people is strengthened when we as the United States bring our tools to bear to vigorously advance this goal,” Obama noted.

TALKS TOUGH

Obama directed several agencies to start work immediately.

On combating criminalization of LGBT Status or conduct abroad, Obama directed agencies engaged abroad to strengthen existing efforts to effectively combat the criminalization and to expand efforts to fight discrimination, homophobia, and intolerance.

Obama called for protection of vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, saying they face daunting challenges at all stage of displacement.

“The Departments of State and Homeland Security shall enhance their on-going efforts to ensure that LGBT refugees and asylum seekers have equal access to protection and assistance, particularly in countries of first asylum,” the President directed.

Obama said in addition, the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security shall ensure appropriate training is in place so that relevant Federal Government personnel and key partners can effectively address the protection of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.

He said this included providing to them adequate assistance and ensuring that the Federal Government has the ability to identify and expedite resettlement of highly vulnerable persons with urgent protection needs.

AID

Pertaining foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance non-discrimination, Obama directed agencies involved with foreign aid, assistance, and development to enhance their on-going efforts to ensure regular Federal Government engagement with governments, citizens, civil society, and the private sector in order to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons.

Obama further said there must be a swift and meaningful U.S. response to human rights abuses of LGBT persons abroad.

“The Department of State shall lead a standing group, with appropriate interagency representation, to help ensure the Federal Government’s swift and meaningful response to serious incidents that threaten the human rights of LGBT persons abroad,” Obama directed.

The President said there must be engagement of international organizations in the fight against LGBT discrimination.

“Multilateral fora and international organizations are key vehicles to promote respect for the human rights of LGBT persons and to bring global attention to LGBT issues,” he ordered.

He said all agencies engaged abroad shall prepare a report within 180 days of the date of this memorandum, and annually thereafter, on their progress toward advancing these initiatives.

“All such agencies shall submit their reports to the Department of State, which will compile a report on the Federal Government’s progress in advancing these initiatives for transmittal to the President,” Obama charged.

Organisations shortlisted in an apparent plot to wipe out anti-homosexuality sentiments in the world include the Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export Import Bank, the United States Trade Representative among other designated by President Obama.

“For the purposes of this memorandum, agencies involved with foreign aid, assistance, and development include the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, the USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export Import Bank, the United States Trade Representative,” he concluded.

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