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Senegal Police Detain 24 Men for “Homosexual Activities”

Jim Burroway

December 29th, 2009

Senegal police arrested 24 men on December 24 at a house in Saly for allegedly engaging in “homosexual activities” and for holding an unauthorized party. They were released the next day, but police are continuing the investigation.

Last August, a 17-year-old man was arrested for homosexuality, and two others were sentenced for two and five years imprisonment for homosexual activities. Earlier this year, nine AIDS workers were given prison sentences of between one and eight years, with three more years added for being in a “criminal group” — presumably the AIDS service organization they worked for. They were released in April following an international outcry.

According to AFP, the Senegalese Foreign Minister Madicke Niang said on December 10 that homosexuality would be decriminalized in Senegal.



Richard W. Fitch
December 29th, 2009 | LINK

Would youu please explain the inference of “an unauthorized party”? Does the govt there require a permit for all social gatherings?????

Lynn David
December 29th, 2009 | LINK

I read the article on this Richard and all I could get was that if the police don’t want you to have a party and/or people consider what you are doing there is immoral… then it can be labelled unauthorized.

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