As the battle for human rights continues to rage across the world, multinational corporations have found themselves in the center of the storm. The world’s eyes are currently trained on the American multinational, Intel Corporation, thanks to a campaign led by a coalition of human rights organizations from Africa. This campaign seeks to hold Intel Corporation accountable for its employment of a senior executive, Greg Slater, who stands accused of stoking anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment in various regions, notably in African nations like Kenya and Uganda, as per reports from The Guardian.
At the heart of this international human rights issue is the alleged complicity of Slater in the growth of anti-LGBTQ+ and hate in these African nations. Accusations are being leveled against him for effectively supporting and amplifying these destructive ideologies. Not only are the rights groups asserting Slater’s personal involvement in the proliferation of homophobia, but they also claim his financial backing and the spread of these harmful views.
The primary vehicle for this propagation, according to the groups, is the American conservative organization Family Watch International, helmed by Slater’s wife, Sharon. The organization has been labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a prominent U.S. civil rights group, adding credibility to these allegations.
One of the most damaging accusations against Family Watch International is that it has been using its influence to lobby against LGBTQ+ rights in Africa. High-ranking African leaders and lawmakers have allegedly been approached to block these rights, thereby creating a challenging environment for the LGBTQ+ community. Family Watch International has publicly rejected these allegations. However, the human rights groups argue that the timeline of Slater’s association with the organization raises serious concerns.
One significant instance that has attracted attention is the passing of an extreme law in Uganda in May. The law stipulates severe punishments, including the death penalty or life imprisonment, for certain same-sex acts. Intriguingly, this law was enacted just months after Slater’s attendance at an inter-parliamentary conference that was centered around “family values and sovereignty”, hosted by none other than Family Watch International.
Moreover, Uganda isn’t the only nation where such drastic measures are being taken against the LGBTQ+ community. Human rights organizations have identified the activity of Family Watch International in other countries like Ghana and Kenya, where similar discriminatory legislation has been proposed in the past year.
The petition against Slater and Intel has received backing from over a dozen organizations. These organizations assert that Slater’s alleged involvement in “anti-LGBTQ+ advocacy” blatantly contradicts Intel’s public support for LGBTQ+ rights.
Despite the mounting pressure and scrutiny, Intel Corporation has yet to make an official comment on the petition. As the campaign gains momentum, the tech giant’s silence raises questions about its commitment to LGBTQ+ rights and the role multinational corporations play in shaping sociocultural attitudes across the globe. The situation remains fluid, and the world waits for Intel’s response to these serious allegations.