It is widely known that member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) have blatantly homophobic laws. In countries such as Uganda, Zimbabwe and many others, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community are imprisoned, tortured and murdered because of their sexuality.

Not only does the law of these countries allow such atrocities to be committed, but the allies of these states do nothing to stop it. South Africa is a model of civil rights. Although we might not always be safe, our rights as human beings are written down and guarded by the Constitutional Court.

Our government, the most powerful and influential of SADC, and possibly Africa, has a duty to the region to uphold the rights of all people, not just South Africans. They have failed the LGBT community before when they failed to sign the United Nations Declaration to decriminalise homosexually. We cannot allow them to fail us again.



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