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QUEERS: LEAD REVOLUTIONS, DO NOT SUPPORT OCCUPATION!


PQBDS AND PINKWATCHING ISRAEL tell Israeli Gay Youth (IGY) that Israeli Occupation cannot be reduced to neither “political tension” nor a “hot issue”.

Thanks to IGLYO Out of Israel and the massive support it got, the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization (IGLYO) and Israeli Gay Youth (IGY) announced that they would no longer hold IGLYO’s General Assembly in Tel Aviv, Israel. This marks the very first victory for queer-powered BDS!

However, in their joint statement, the two partners also announced that IGY’s World LGBTQ Youth Leader’s Summit, originally planned as a side event at the GA, is still set to be held in Tel Aviv in December 2011.

As we are nearing the deadline of application to the summit, LGBTQ youth leaders are being told that the event will include conversations with queer Palestinians and address “hot issues” and “political tensions” in Israel – their apparent “compromise” to the anger of queer BDS activists. Despite the announcement that IGY will hold conversations with queer Palestinians, no Palestinian queer group has actually received an invitation.

Tell IGY that Israeli Occupation cannot be reduced to a “hot issue” or “political tension”.
Christina Engela's picture

Business As Usual

President Jacob Zuma's recent visit to Uganda drew a lot of attention to South African involvement in that country - and also to the revelation that there are many South African companies which have concerns, business interests and a corporate presence in that country. Despite the ongoing human rights violations against the LGBTIQ community in Uganda - and the consistent attempts by human rights organizations to draw attention to the threat against the lives of a minority group - neither the SA government, nor one of these companies has even once taken to speaking out against these devious and sinister practices.

There are quite a few very large SA companies foing business openly in Uganda - and we can be certain that there are many more companies who support the Ugandan regime just by doing business there - and by paying taxes to the Ugandan government. Of course, you are all encouraged to search for more online and to add them to your own lists and ask others to take further action yourself.

GLBTI people and those offended by this disregard for human rights, are encouraged to change whatever service providers they can - and to send emails to the SA government and these companies to express their disappointment and disgust at their continued silence on the gradual erosion of human rights in Uganda - and the tacit support of a regime which facilitates and enables this unacceptable situation to continue.MTN, Standard Bank, ABSA, Shoprite-Checkers and SAB-Millers - all have substantial interests in Uganda. MTN was mentioned in President Zuma's speech in the Ugandan Parliament 3 weks ago, as paying 200 billion in taxes to Uganda each year. These are South African companies - with full support of the South African government - keeping that regime afloat and sponsoring a government which callously violates every tenet of human rights.

Eskom supplies electricity to Uganda, but we are realistic and do not expect people to sit in the dark and live like they are back in the Stone Age - even if Eskom parts of SA should, whenever it feels like it - and it's not like we can just stop paying them.

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