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Logie calls for NZ action over African laws

Fri 17 Jan 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News

Jan Logie The Greens' Human Rights spokeswoman Jan Logie has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs calling for him to use diplomatic channels to raise concern about lgbti people in sub-Saharan Africa, and is urging others to follow suit. Logie has asked Murray McCully to use diplomatic channels to request President Museveni to veto the repressive Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. "I would also like to hear what MFAT's advice is on what role we might play in working with Nigeria, Liberia and Cameroon to challenge the rising tide of regressive legislation," she says. "Considering how often culture is used as a justification for these human rights abuses and regressive laws we can help in a way that would be difficult for many countries. "The Treaty of Waitangi and our unique history of colonisation and role in the commonwealth provides New Zealand with a strong cultural and political base to challenge these justifications. This could make a real difference to the lives of untold people." Murray McCully can be reached at    

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First published: Friday, 17th January 2014 - 4:07pm

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