Senegal: Relief as gay activists are released
"We welcome the release of the men, who may return to their families and continue their invaluable work in the fight against HIV," said Dr Julio Montaner, president of the International AIDS Society, which promotes HIV research and best practice and is the custodian of the International AIDS Conference.
"However, we continue to be dismayed at the upholding of laws which allow the criminalization of homosexuality, and we call on the government of Senegal, and other countries with similar regulations, to overturn these immediately in the interests of public health and human rights," he said.
Homosexuality is punishable by up to five years in prison in Senegal.
23 April 2009
Senegal: "Homophobia and Islamic political manipulation"
26/03/2008: "Since the beginning of February 2008, an unprecedented wave of homophobia has surged across Senegal," explains Codou Bop. (WLUML Networker)
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