Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Zambia grapples with homosexuality
Ban Ki-moon's recent visit to Zambia has caused controversy after he encouraged the country to respect and uphold gay rights. Zambia is not your run-of-the-mill southern African country. Recently recognised as a middle-income country, Zambia has a strong economy, a democracy stable enough for a peaceful transition to new leadership and a growing human rights culture. According to the media, however, Ban's statements have drawn a backlash against what the Zambia Rainbow Coalition, among others, considers an attempt to impose foreign cultures in exchange for aid. Wouldn't it be nice in Zambia's government would take the lead on this issue in the region and set an example for central Africa?