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This is a conversation local activists, civil society, academics, and the media should begin to shape. Anwar had been preparing to return to political life in a parliamentary by-election when the allegations broke. Pinterest Ugandans demonstrate against homosexuality in the streets of Jinja, Uganda. Sodomy laws throughout Asia and sub-Saharan Africa have consistently been colonial impositions.

Still more striking is how judges, public figures, and political leaders have, in recent decades, defended those laws as citadels of nationhood and cultural authenticity. It also shows, though, how tenuous the case for that purpose had become. The Singapore story tears off the mask. The onus is on those seeking repeal to prove this will not harm society. The pushback against Western interventions such as aid cuts is usually informed by an African resistan ce against neocolonialism.

Police promptly arrested them and charged them with criminal trespass. In British India, moreover, legislation notoriously marked out whole tribal and other groups as intrinsically, unchangeably criminal. Sexual conduct-or sexualized identities-were among those singled out. Singapore is basically a conservative society. It will tell how one British law-the version of Section the colonizers introduced into the Indian Penal Code in spread across immense tracts of the British Empire.

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Now it was the West that threatened to corrupt indigenous standards. It means freeing part of the population from violence and fear. They post broad moral proclamations that certain kinds of people, singled out by presumption and prejudice, are less than citizens-or less than human.

Historians have documented how British officials feared that soldiers and colonial administrators-particularly those without wives at hand-would turn to sodomy in these decadent, hot surroundings. Being, or looking like, a certain kind of person became the basis for harassment, arrest, detention, and abuse.