Tanzanian police arrest 20 suspected of being gay

On Sept 16, 2017 DW reported: The arrests in Zanzibar mark the latest in the government’s relatively recent crackdown on homosexuality. The punishment for sex among men can be 30 years to life in prison, but there is no ban on lesbian relationships.

defaultThe LGBT community faces persecution across Africa – homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 countries on the continent

Police in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar island have arrested 20 people suspected of homosexuality, police said Saturday, in the latest crackdown on the gay community.

“Yes, we rounded them up because we suspect that they were engaged in homosexuality in Zanzibar, which is illegal in Zanzibar and is against the law of the country,” he said, adding that police “will intensify (their) vigilance against those groups.”

Read more at: Tanzanian police arrest 20 suspected of being gay | News | DW | 16.09.2017

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