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February 4, 2013

Two men from Gao, Mali have been saved by French troops from execution for allegedly having gay sex

Two men from Mali who were going to be executed for having gay sex have been saved.

France, as well as other African nations and including Mali's army, intervened to end a ten month rebellion by groups of Tuareg tribes and Islamist extremists.

The groups have taken over most of Northern Mali, including the town of Gao enforcing Sharia law, punishing thieves with amputation and executing gays.

July 28, 2012

Paris court ruled the French Ministry of Interior decision to reject an asylum claim by gay man from Senegal was wrong

A French court has overturned the Ministry of Interior’s decision to reject the asylum claim by a man who fled homophobic persecution in Senegal.

Kept in detention since 21 July, a 25-year-old gay man known as ‘Lamine’ had filed an asylum application which was rejected following a 15 minute phone interview.

National Association of Border Assistance to Foreigners (ANAFÉ) assisted Lamine in challenging the decision which it claimed had several procedural errors.