Senegal specifically outlaws same-sex sexual acts and, in the past, has prosecuted men accused of homosexuality. LGBT persons face routine discrimination in society. Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Senegal.
We feared the case of Ebola in the neighborhood next to mine. And even when I was tested for malaria, nothing proved to be more challenging than living as a gay student in Dakar. Jogging along the Atlantic Ocean and journaling in my notebook allowed me to catch a break from hiding in the closet — again.
The wedding is believed to have taken place in a discrete location in Dakar more than a year-and-a-half ago. The arrests were reportedly undertaken upon the orders of Mr. It is unclear where the men are being held.
Violence against people on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender expression escalated in Senegal starting in early Men who identify as or are perceived to be gay increasingly became targets of popular vengeance and arbitrary arrests. In research conducted in and earlyHuman Rights Watch documented a range of abuses, including police abuse and arbitrary detention, physical threat, assault, and verbal abuse by private individuals, and blackmail, extortion, and robbery.
After more than six months in prison, several rounds of torture, and two hospitalizations for his injuries, Alieu Sarr fled his country by boat under cover of night late last month. Most of those with whom he was arrested were released after short detentions, but Sarr and two other men were held to face charges. They were paraded before the media by security officials as Jammeh repeatedly made public pledges to execute LGBT people, including promising in a May speech to slit the throats of homosexuals.
May Article of the Senegalese Penal Code states the following:. If the act was committed with a person below the age of 21, the maximum penalty will always be applied.
Dakar — Senegal's gay community is on edge as the country heads into presidential elections this weekend, with a tradition of candidates flaunting anti-gay views to gain support. Local media reported this week that a gay man was beaten to death in a suburb of the capital, Dakar, which one activist said was linked to the political climate. Police declined to comment.
Homosexuality continues to be a dangerous topic in Senegal. There, as in much of the African continent, heteronormative behavior is enforced with violence. A furious crowd digs up and desecrates his corpse.
Students at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal have gone on a homophobic rampage, threatening to kill a man they accused of being gay. According to reports and video footage, the student was accused of propositioning another man in the showers and was accosted by an angry mob in the locker room. When security personnel refused to release the man to the baying mob, the enraged youths, armed with iron bars, clubs and bricks, began to riot; setting buildings on fire and destroying an ATM. Police were called and were forced to disperse the crowd with tear gas.