Africa Tells EU to Back Off Uganda, Nigeria

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article titled Africa and the West: Revising the Rules of Engagement. It tackled what in my opinion was uncivil and derogatory treatment of Uganda and Nigeria (and by extension the entire sub-Saharan African people) by some developed countries. These countries attempted to use development assistance as a control mechanism to force these states to abrogate an anti-gay bill arrived at democratically through parliamentary and executive arms of governments.

I wondered why African leaders had not yet spoken up for their citizens and beliefs. In addition to withdrawing aid, the European Union had gone as far as tabling the EU Parliament resolution of 13 March 2014 on launching consultations to suspend Uganda and Nigeria from the Cotonou Agreement in view of recent legislation further criminalising homosexuality (2014/2634(RSP)).

Today I was very pleased to chance upon a response to the EU Parliament from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)—79 member nations, all signatories to the Cotonou Agreement save Cuba. .

The Parliamentary Assembly of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States answered the West by issuing the following DECLARATION OF THE ACP PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY on recent proposals adopted by the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT with regard to UGANDA and NIGERIA.

It is good to see Africans and other developing nations speaking up for what they believe in and not cowering at intimidatory control measures from the West. Hopefully this is a sign that Africans, Caribbeans and the people of the pacific are ready to take up the mantle of responsible [independent vis-à-vis controlled] leadership required to forge a better future for their peoples.


Solomon Appiah
Twitter: @s_apiah
Email: connect@solomonappiah.com

 

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