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Court Overturns Sentences of Gay Men Jailed in Senegal

In January, I posted about nine men who had been jailed for eight years after being convicted of homosexual acts in Senegal. Senegal's court of appeal has overturned that conviction, according to UNAIDS:

Senegal "The nine men had been sentenced to eight-year prison terms in January for 'acts against nature and the creation of an association of criminals', sparking criticism from diplomats and international organisations like Human Rights Watch and UNAIDS. 'The decision should be a model for the African continent and the world in the fight against discrimination against men who have sex with men,' said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, the United Nations agency charged with tackling AIDS. The decision was taken on Monday but it was not clear when the men would be freed. Senegal's ministry of justice was not immediately available for comment about the case."

UPDATE: Activists freed...

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  1. A rare glimmer of hope from the plains of Africa.

    Posted by: William | Apr 20, 2009 6:21:54 PM

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