Monsters of history are often tried in the famous International Court of Justice in the Hague, Neterlands. Often these criminals are accused of genocide on a large scale. The media may have followed these perpetrators for years with pictures of blooded bodies and burned villages. It is justice on a world wide stage. Can we, the average person, do anything when our LGBT family is attacked overseas by American hate-mongers? The answer is YES. Read on.
There are monsters who operate in a sneaky fashion using religion to bring hatred to countries. They do not openly murder, but after they leave, others do it! Scott Lively is one of these monsters!
He travels to countries like Uganda and Russia leaving behind him a wake of murders of gays and lesbians. For example, he travelled with evangelical Rick Warren to Uganda. Both men and other American evangelicals gave workshops to Ugandan government workers, police, teachers and church groups. Warren is a personal friend of the wife of Uganda Prime Minister. Here is the aftermath: bill introduced in parliament to “Kill Homosexuals.” A newspaper (Rolling Stone, Uganda) pubished pictures and names of homosexuals. A gay advocate, David Koto, was murdered in his home in daylight (no sign of robbery). Now, the tables are turned against Lively. Uganda gay advocates have come to America to charge Lively with Crimes Against Humanity. The case will be tried in Springfield Federal Court, Massachusetts, USA.
Historic Ruling Confirms LGBTI Rights as Internationally Recognized
August 14, 2013, Springfield, MA – Today, in a first-of-its kind case brought by a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization against a prominent U.S. anti-gay extremist, a federal judge ruled that persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity and that the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law. The ruling means that the case brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), a Uganda-based coalition of LGBTI rights and advocacy groups, can move forward over defendant Scott Lively’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
“Widespread, systematic persecution of LGBTI people constitutes a crime against humanity that unquestionably violates international norms,” said Judge Michael Ponsor. “The history and current existence of discrimination against LGBTI people is precisely what qualifies them as a distinct targeted group eligible for protection under international law. The fact that a group continues to be vulnerable to widespread, systematic persecution in some parts of the world simply cannot shield one who commits a crime against humanity from liability.”
The lawsuit alleges that Lively’s actions over the past decade, in collaboration with key Ugandan government officials and religious leaders, are responsible for depriving LGBTI Ugandans of their fundamental human rights based solely on their identity, which is the definition of persecution under international law and is deemed a crime against humanity. This effort bore fruit most notably in the introduction of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill (aka the Kill the Gays bill), which Lively helped engineer.
Lively has also been active in countries like Russia where a new law criminalizing gay rights advocacy was recently passed. In 2007, Lively toured 50 cities in Russia recommending some of the measures that are now law.
“Today’s ruling is a significant victory for human rights everywhere but most especially for LGBTI Ugandans who are seeking accountability from those orchestrating our persecution,” said Frank Mugisha, the director of SMUG.
Said CCR Attorney Pam Spees, “We are gratified that the court recognized the persecution and the gravity of the danger faced by our clients as a result of Scott Lively’s actions. Lively’s single-minded campaign has worked to criminalize their very existence, strip away their fundamental rights and threaten their physical safety.”
U.S. law allows foreign citizens to sue for violations of international law in U.S. federal courts under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). The case, Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, was originally filed in federal court in Springfield, MA, in March 2012. The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
This is a mile stone. If organizations like CCR have the clout (money and power) to let foreign gay organizations bring cases against hate mongering Americans (like Lively and Warren) then they will think twice about spreading their hatred. Remember, that spreading hatred is BIG BUCKS to these American evangelicals.
If you have a buck or two to spare, direct your money to CCR. Most of the time, we feel that we cannot do anything about events in other countries. This proves that we can.!