Tag: Senegal

Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

African prisons often are hotbeds of homophobic violence, but that hasn't been the experience of seven Senegalese men convicted in November on homosex [...]
37 arrests of allegedly LGBTQ Senegalese since September

37 arrests of allegedly LGBTQ Senegalese since September

The ongoing anti-LGBTQ crackdown in Senegal reached a new milestone yesterday with the arrest of the 37th person suspected of being part of a sexual m [...]
Romeo and Juliet: Couple in love flees Mauritanian parents, sharia law

Romeo and Juliet: Couple in love flees Mauritanian parents, sharia law

This is a love story, but not a usual one: A young couple fell in love and got married. The bride’s parents objected. So far, so familiar. But here’s [...]
Silence = failure when Senegal’s LGBT community is attacked

Silence = failure when Senegal’s LGBT community is attacked

This fall, Senegal learned that its human rights defenders lacked the courage to defend sexual minorities against human rights abuses. From [...]
Senegal: Activists pledge to confront Islamist homophobia

Senegal: Activists pledge to confront Islamist homophobia

LGBT rights activists in Senegal are speaking out against violently homophobic Islamists even as they work to help the victims of that homophobia. A t [...]
Senegal: Arrest of 2 homosexuals at Great Mosque of Dakar

Senegal: Arrest of 2 homosexuals at Great Mosque of Dakar

Two suspected homosexuals were arrested Nov. 23 in the area of ​​the Grand Mosque of Dakar, Senegal. From the African Human Rights Media Netw [...]
13 Senegal arrestees were tortured before being released

13 Senegal arrestees were tortured before being released

Torture by police followed by the dangers of release back into Senegal's homophobic society. That is the testimony of men who were arrested Oct. 16 at [...]
Senegal: Prison for 7 men arrested at supposed ‘gay wedding’

Senegal: Prison for 7 men arrested at supposed ‘gay wedding’

A court in Senegal imposed prison sentences Friday on seven allegedly gay men who were arrested Oct. 16 at a celebration that police claimed was a gay [...]
Senegal: Anti-gay zealots target 25 arrested men, 4 teenage girls

Senegal: Anti-gay zealots target 25 arrested men, 4 teenage girls

Senegal has intensified its repression of LGBTQ+ people amid escalating  anti-gay propaganda and political pressure from the strict Islamist organizat [...]
Good news from Senegal: 4 rescued men reach safety

Good news from Senegal: 4 rescued men reach safety

The last of 10 suspected homosexuals who were rounded up on Sept. 20 by the Safyatoul Haman religious militia in the holy city of Touba have been evac [...]
Senegal: How a gay activist confronts violent Islamic homophobia

Senegal: How a gay activist confronts violent Islamic homophobia

Arrests, assaults, rapes, expulsion, exile -- an LGBTQ rights leader in Senegal explains his struggles against violent and hypocritical Islamic homoph [...]
Anti-gay violence continues in Senegal’s ‘holy city’

Anti-gay violence continues in Senegal’s ‘holy city’

Once again the gay community in Senegal's holy city of Touba is suffering from homophobic violence. On Oct. 8, another young man was beaten up, filmed [...]
French activists demand travel ban against Senegal homophobe

French activists demand travel ban against Senegal homophobe

French LGBTI activists are demanding that France and other Western European nations block visits by the leader of the Senegalese religious police that [...]
Senegal: Activists seek funds to rescue 10 men arrested by religious police

Senegal: Activists seek funds to rescue 10 men arrested by religious police

Religious police on Sunday night arrested 10 young gay men in the holy city of Touba, Senegal, and threatened them with homosexuality charges. LGBT ri [...]
Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

Boosting LGBTIQ rights in West Africa, one grant at a time

A new organization is promoting LGBTQI rights in West Africa by financing initiatives run by the region's LGBTQI communities. From the Africa [...]
U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors are promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide even as gay-rights activists blast the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ domestic policies. [...]
LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

West African nations display a mix of mostly abusive responses to LGBT people, including denial that they exist, lynchings and arrests even without an [...]
Politicians’ anti-gay posturing mars Senegal election

Politicians’ anti-gay posturing mars Senegal election

Homophobic posturing is often a feature of African political campaigns, and the politicians in Senegal's upcoming presidential election have fallen in [...]
4 anti-gay arrests in Senegal as 2019 election approaches

4 anti-gay arrests in Senegal as 2019 election approaches

A wave of politically motivated anti-gay arrests is under way in Senegal. The latest LGBT people arrested were two women and two men, detai [...]
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