Senegal court sentences journalist to 6 months in jail for acts of homosexuality

Throwing people behind bars because they are homosexuals is not the answer, being gay is African, homophobia was brought with colonization and unfounded extremist deeply held religious beliefs. We cannot use fatal practices Such as female genital mutilations or honor killings to justify our cultural beliefs, this is human rights violations, we have to remember that all countries have an international obligation to respect and protect human rights for all especially the rights of minorities or the most vulnerable and marginalized LGBTcommunity .

“The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” Mahatma Gandhi

Global News

DAKAR, Senegal – A Senegalese court sentenced Friday a well-known journalist to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality, which is illegal in this West African country.

Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye, who had previous homosexuality convictions, was arrested in June after a young man accused him of attempted rape. Chased by an angry mob, he took refuge in a Dakar police station.

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The magazine columnist was sentenced in 2012 to 4 years in prison for acts of homosexuality, illegal possession of arms and battery. The sentence was later reduced to 2 years and he was paroled in 2013.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Senegal and punishable by up to five years prison and fines of up to $2,500.

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in many African countries.

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