Teen Arrested In Senegal For Homosexuality

Jim Burroway

August 21st, 2009

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) reports that a 17-year-old Senegalese man from the town of Darou Mousty in Louga, Senegal, was arrested for sexual acts “against nature.” The young man will stand trial on August 24. According to the IGLHRC, two other men, also from the same town, were convicted on identical charges during the week of August 10, 2009. They were sentenced to two and five years in prison respectively. According to the HRC, the only evidence against them were denunciations from neighbors.

All three men were arrested on June 19. A fourth man was arrested, but his current status is unknown. Homosexual acts are punishable in Senegal with prison terms of one to five years.

Nine AIDS workers were jailed earlier this year on similar charges. The judged sentenced them to prison terms ranging from one to eight years. He added three more years for being members of a “criminal group,” presumably the HIV services organization they worked for which provided services for Senegal’s beleaguered gay community. Tthe men were freed in April following an international outcry.

Timothy (TRiG)

August 21st, 2009

Some things make me so angry I have nothing to say.

TRiG.

BCCanuck

August 21st, 2009

The arrest of this unfortunate young man is a crime against God and humankind.

There are people who are so devoid of humanity that they are in essence the incarnation of pure evil. Religion is merely habitual or robotic for them. It is just another idealism for them to exploit, just another manipulative tool for them to attain and hold power, just another front for them to use to attack people. If it weren’t religion, it would be something else, like a political ideology or a materialist philosophy. Same crap, different flies.

I hope and pray that there is also an international outcry against this as well.

Mark Zamen

August 26th, 2009

The fact these arrests have occurred, that another man is now facing prosecution, and the legal and social conditions within Senegal permit all this, constitute yet another reminder that a large segment of society, both in the U.S. and abroad, still regards gay men and women as seocnd-class citizens – or worse. That is the salient point of my recently released biographical novel, Broken Saint. It is based on my forty-year friendship with a gay man, and chronicles his internal and external struggles as he battles for acceptance (of himself and by others). More information on the book is available at http://www.eloquentbooks.com/BrokenSaint.html.

Mark Zamen, author

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