Revitalizing the Fight against Homophobia in Africa

The criminalization of homosexuality in many African states, and the recent decision by Uganda and Nigeria to impose increasingly draconian punishments on homosexual conduct, has important implications for U.S. health and development programming, for diplomatic engagement, and for global human rights norms. This report examines the current situation and offers recommendations for U.S. policymakers to consider as they confront the dilemma of advocating respect for human rights while avoiding backlash from governments who argue that homosexuality is “un-African” and reject “Western interference” in African affairs.

Richard Downie