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Senegal's Justice Minister Not Ready to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Senegal's new Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba said he's not yet ready to decriminalize homosexuality, AFP reports:

KabaAs head of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Kaba fought to reform a law outlawing gay relationships, but he told reporters in Dakar on Thursday he had dropped his opposition to prosecuting gays.

“I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him,” Kaba was quoted by media outlets as saying at a press briefing.

Kaba's stance on human rights follows whatever organization he happens to be working for, apparently:

Kaba, who has a long history with the FIDH, having been elected as its chairman in 2001, called for the legalisation of homosexuality in a 2009 interview with television station France 24 which was picked up by several local media outlets.

“I was expressing (the position) of my organisation,” Kaba told local press on Thursday when asked about the quote.

Senegal's punishment for homosexuality is five years in prison.

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  1. Nazi

    Posted by: RMc | Sep 9, 2013 9:21:06 AM


  2. Is he and his position a joke - head of the FIDH and new Justice Minister for Senegal yet he will no longer oppose his country's laws that prosecute gays with up to five years in prison? C'mon, this IS a joke, right?!?!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 9, 2013 9:26:47 AM


  3. What ?
    Head of Federation International of Human Rights ....and "not ready to decriminalize" homosexuality ?

    We are truly in Alice in Wonderland territory:
    'Words mean what I want them to mean."
    Has he read any of the decisions of the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ?

    And Minister for Justice ?
    I've said it before, and it's only my opinion and point of view; Africa is lost.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 9, 2013 9:41:51 AM


  4. Shameful, cowardly behavior from a so-called Minister of "justice".

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 9, 2013 9:51:49 AM


  5. He's a pig-ignorant savage.

    Posted by: MaryM | Sep 9, 2013 10:01:10 AM


  6. Unfortunately, Christian missionaries and the Catholic church, not to mention Islam, have reduced an already majority ignorant population in Africa into a crucible of retardedness.

    Posted by: Service Alert | Sep 9, 2013 10:08:30 AM


  7. It seems the more homophobic these African countries become the more the West floods them with foreign aid. Homophobia could be addressed very quickly in these African shitholes if the US, World Bank and IMF made it clear that aid and assistance would be regularly cut unless they made progress in ending homophobia. Western Governments need to flex some muscle and play hard ball with people like Kaba.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 9, 2013 10:16:46 AM


  8. Colonialism, independence with dictators amassing fortunes such as Idi Amin, Mugabe, followed by arms sales and now evangelicals inspiring "The Lord's Army", Islamists growing in Nigeria, Al Quaeda in the Maghreb and Mali...
    As far as I'm concerned
    Africa is lost.
    And no, I don't want Africa exporting its problems; they need to solve their own issues.
    And this idiot Minister for Justice is pandering to the problems not leading his country towards a solution.
    Shame on this coward.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 9, 2013 10:18:54 AM


  9. Typical uneducated african spouting words he can't even understand or comrehend.
    Africa is a wasteland of human life.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 9, 2013 11:50:54 AM


  10. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:01:49 PM


  11. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:01:53 PM


  12. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:02:18 PM


  13. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:02:32 PM


  14. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:02:38 PM


  15. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:02:46 PM


  16. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:02:54 PM


  17. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:03:02 PM


  18. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:03:28 PM


  19. All financial aid to homophobic countries should be stopped immediately like it would if these countries legally discriminated on issues of race. Unfortunately western leaders do not give a sh@t about gays no matter what they say at election time.

    ACTIONS speak louder than words.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 9, 2013 4:03:38 PM


  20. For a split second I misread the headline as: Senegal's Justice Minister Ready to Decriminalize Homosexuality. How naïve of me, even for that split second I would have known Africa better as to expect something in favor of human rights.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Sep 9, 2013 4:38:57 PM


  21. Aya bubu ooga booga, twalay ma-eetay muffacka and chit.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 9, 2013 7:25:41 PM


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