On the treatment of Uganda’s LGBT community, Black learnt that the UK has “made clear to the Government of Uganda on several occasions that we are opposed to actions that will have a negative effect on the human rights of Ugandans, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community”. This comes in the light of a proposed Ugandan law that would potentially make homosexuality punishable by death.
Speaking on behalf of LGBTory, the Conservative Party’s affiliated LGBT group, Chairman Matthew Sephton observed, “The situation in Uganda is absolutely horrific. Men and women are being persecuted on a very regular basis, simply because of their sexuality or gender identity. It is simply unacceptable. In Britain we are in a unique position to be able to influence other Commonwealth governments and it is vital that we continue to do so. I am delighted that Lord Black is leading this campaign and keeping up the pressure on our government to act against the continuing hate in some countries round the world. ”