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Two Teens Convicted, One on Trial for Gay Sex Charges in Senegal

More ugliness from Senegal:

Senegal "The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Inner Circle are outraged at reports that a 17 year-old Senegalese man will stand trial on August 24 for sexual acts "against nature" and that two other men were convicted on identical charges during the week of August 10, 2009. The three men, all from the town of Darou Mousty, in Louga, Senegal, were arrested and detained for alleged same-sex relations on June 19, 2009, together with a fourth man whose status is currently unknown. The first two men were sentenced to two and five years in prison respectively. Reports indicate that denunciations from neighbors were the only evidence against the men. These are the latest in a pattern of arbitrary arrests and detentions based on perceived sexual orientation in Senegal, a country in which same-sex relations are illegal, homophobia is widespread, and incitement toward violence against those perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is often encouraged by politicians and religious leaders."

As you may remember, In Senegal they don't even tolerate dead gays.


In Senegal, They Don't Even Tolerate Dead Gays

SenegalA Senegalese man suspected of being gay was exhumed and thrown out of the cemetery after being buried:

 "The man, in his 30s, was first buried on Saturday before residents of the western town of Thies dug up his body and left it near his grave, police say.  His family then reburied him, but he was once more exhumed by people who did not want him buried there. His body was dumped outside the family house...A police officer told the AFP news agency that the body was eventually buried away from the cemetery.The state-owned Le Soleil newspaper reports that it was buried within the grounds of the family home"


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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."

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Nine Men Jailed for Eight Years for Homosexuality in Senegal

A disgusting sentence in Senegal:

Senegal"Nine men, including a prominent activist, have been convicted of homosexual acts and sentenced to eight years in prison, a gay rights group said Thursday. Diadji Diouf, who heads an organization that provides HIV prevention services to gay men in Senegal, and the others were arrested Dec. 19 in a raid on Diouf's apartment. The men were sentenced Wednesday for unnatural acts and criminal conspiracy, said Joel Nana, Africa research and policy coordinator with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Cape Town, South Africa."

The BBC reports: "Homosexual acts are illegal in Senegal but the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) told the BBC it was 'shocked by the ruling'. The judge added three years to a five-year sentence, saying the men were also members of a criminal group. Most of them belonged to an association set up to fight HIV and AIDS. 'This is the first time that the Senegalese legal system has handed down such a harsh sentence against gays,' said Issa Diop, one of the men's four defence lawyers."

Nearly a year ago, a group of men were arrested in Senegal after photos of an alleged 'gay wedding' were published in a local magazine there. The men were later released.

It was then reported that because of the situation for gays in Senegal, they were fleeing to nearby Gambia, where an announcement was issued in May from Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that he would behead gays and all who befriend them.

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