The United States should do more to protect the human rights in other countries like Uganda. It is not right to torture and sodomize men in order to prove that they are gay. They are making them suffer and it is not the right thing to do. This should not be done people should have a right to choose their own of life.
Uganda's problems are not with gay people. They are just being used as a diversion or smokescreen. I'm sure the real problems are the usual ones of public corruption and stolen elections. If "outsiders" attack the Ugandan government for this diversion, they only help the oppressive government by giving them the 'victim' status they are looking for. (Just because we disagree with this reprehensible ploy does not mean that should our disagreement at them is the wisest response) So how should the civilized world react? 1st: Say we respect each countries right to make their own laws, but we have fundamental problems with this one based on our understanding of personal freedom and human rights. 2nd: Offer fast-track immigration to any Ugandan who is in fear of prison or persecution based on this scapegoating, provided they have a private sponsor or sponsoring organization in the host country that will provide them with non-government assistance with getting settled, learning the language, finding work, etc.
The United States only tends to help countries when valuable resources are at stake. Africa always gets the cold shoulder from the United States when it comes to human rights issues. They have had issues with genocide, rape, and kidnapping for years. Even though they may not have any resources of value for us, this is inhumane and should be stopped.
The actions being perpetrated against gay people in Uganda are horrific and inexcusable. The United States of America has great power as an economic superpower nation to influence other parts of the world. Smaller countries especially really need the U.S. to be friendly with them in order to succeed. The U.S. should wield its power and influence to encourage human rights around the globe.
The U.S government should not be the one to try to fix this problem. Issues like this should fall on private non-profits, missionaries, global aid groups, etc. Our government was not formed to take care of the world. It was formed to take care of people living in the United States. OUR domestic problems are too great to be worrying about how we can help other people. Now, people living in the U.S. who feel this issue is particularly troubling to them SHOULD do something because we are lucky and have more resources than most people in the world. However, the government just shouldn't be worrying about that kind of stuff while people's rights are being trampled in our own country and our economy is down the toilet.
As harsh as it sounds, the US has no responsibility, and in fact, no authority to intervene in the human rights discussions of other countries. We can petition, we can beg, we can form human rights support groups, but at the end of the day, the United States has no authority to in any way decide to human rights discussions in other nations.
America does not have the place in our world to change or 'fix' how the governments of others work. Our governments first priority is itself and its people, not others.
While Ugandas practices may be unjust, it is not America's duty to change it. Said task may belong to others, but not America.