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February 4, 2014

Senegalese police have arrested 4 men over a spate of vigilante attacks on alleged homosexuals last Thursday but local Muslims have marched calling for their release

Four Senegalese men have been arrested after they attacked five men they alleged were homosexuals with stones and batons on Thursday but protests have been held urging authorities to release the men.

The four men were arrested by Senegalese police in the city of Rufisque after they stoned and bludgeoned the five men in what they said was a campaign to rid their community of homosexuals.

February 1, 2014

A gay couple admitted to having sexual relations in court yesterday and were sentenced to six months in jail under Senegal's penal code which forbids 'unnatural acts with a person of the same sex'

Two gay men in Senegal have been sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of committing ‘an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex’.

The Associated Press reported the men were arrested after neighbours alerted police to their home address in the country’s capital, Dakar. They confessed their sexual relationship in court on Friday (31 January), and Judge Racky Deme sentenced the pair under Senegal’s penal code.

December 16, 2013

Despite European court ruling, Prime Minister pledges and government policy, another lesbian was deported back to Uganda

Is the UK government serious in his promises to protect LGBTI asylum seekers? Despite David Cameron’s personal assurances, the case of Prossie N, deported back to the UK last week proves it is not.

Prossie N is a lesbian who fled sexual abuse and persecution in Uganda which saw her forced out onto the streets because of her sexuality.

She sought protection in the UK, had lesbian relationships and started building a new life.

November 12, 2013

As part of a crackdown on the lesbian community in the West African country, five women were celebrating a birthday party when police raided a restaurant and charged them with homosexuality

Senegal has arrested five women who have allegedly violated the country’s anti-gay law.

On early Monday morning (11 November), the five women had met up for a birthday party at a Dakar restaurant known as a meeting point for LGBT people.

Police raided the restaurant and immediately detained them at the police station.

Among their number was 31-year-old Sene Dienge, an assistant director at Women’s Smile – a lesbian rights group.

One newspaper claimed the detainees had been caught committing homosexual acts in public.

November 7, 2013

Three gay Africans may have had their lives saved after a top European Union court ruled they were being persecuted in their home country

The European Union’s top court has ruled being gay is grounds for asylum.

LGBTI people from Sierra Leone, Uganda and Senegal fearing imprisonment in their home country will have grounds for asylum in any of the 28 EU member states.

The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice ruled existence of laws imprisoning gay people ‘may constitute an act of persecution’.

A gay person cannot be expected to conceal their sexual orientation to avoid persecution, since it would amount to ‘renouncing a characteristic fundamental to a person’s identity’.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 3, 2013

One of the 20 charged with homosexuality last year attempted to flee Gambia after losing his job and being disowned by his family and move to Senegal

A Gambia gay man who fled the country after being arrested and outed died yesterday evening (2 October).

The man known only as EJ was one of the 20 charged for ‘unlawful carnal knowledge’, otherwise known as homosexuality, in 2012.

Even though the charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence, the men will still hounded after their names and pictures were published in the newspapers.

June 27, 2013

US president Barack Obama called upon Senegal to treat gays equally before the law while his host insisted that gay sex will stay illegal

US President Barack Obama called for Senegal to decrimilize gay sex, stating that LGBT people should be treated equally before the law.

Obama made this statement on his visit to Senegal (26 June), where he praised the US Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage which he said should send a message across the world, that equal rights should be recognized universally.

June 27, 2013

US president Barack Obama called upon Senegal to treat gays equally before the law while his host insisted that gay sex will stay illegal

US President Barack Obama called for Senegal to decrimilize gay sex, stating that LGBT people should be treated equally before the law.

Obama made this statement on his visit to Senegal (26 June), where he praised the US Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage which he said should send a message across the world, that equal rights should be recognized universally.

June 17, 2013

A Nigerian argues Obama would be doing Africa a favor by pointing out gay rights will help the continent develop

From 26 June 26 to 3 July, US President Barack Obama will be visiting Africa. The visit takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

According a statement released by the White House, Obama will use his visit ‘to reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders’.

April 12, 2013

Macky Sall, Senegal’s president, says there is no way his country will legalize gay sex

There is no question of decriminalizing same-sex acts in Senegal, affirmed the country’s president Macky Sall.

In a statement released today (12 April) by the presidency, he ‘firmly stressed that the state has never considered such an option and it is totally excluded under my presidency’, reported the BBC.

The Senegalese president also stated: ‘The African basic roots of our cultural values can not allow to accommodate an option to decriminalize homosexuality’.

April 10, 2013

A Muslim group in the West African nation of Senegal has announced the establishment of a coalition to oppose the decriminalization of homosexuality

Senegalese Islamic NGO Jamra has announced plans for the creation of a national monitoring group to oppose secularism and the decriminalization of homosexuality in the West African nation.

Jamra president Imam Massamba Diop told Dakaractu.com that he planned to form a coalition with like-minded groups, including Senegalese Christian groups to ‘block the way’ for any attempt to decriminalize homosexuality.

April 10, 2013

A Muslim group in the West African nation of Senegal has announced the establishment of a coalition to oppose the decriminalization of homosexuality

Senegalese Islamic NGO Jamra has announced plans for the creation of a national monitoring group to oppose secularism and the decriminalization of homosexuality in the West African nation.

Jamra president Imam Massamba Diop told Dakaractu.com that he planned to form a coalition with like-minded groups, including Senegalese Christian groups to ‘block the way’ for any attempt to decriminalize homosexuality.

March 6, 2013

Senegal media claims hotel staff called the police after a French tourist refused to pay for sex with his Senegalese lover and they started to argue

Two gay men, one French and one Senegalese, were arrested by police and charged for having gay sex after a row broke out between them.

They are due to be prosecuted for indecency and 'acts against nature'.

It is claimed a French tourist, arranged to meet Amadou Tidiane Sall, a 24-year-old Senegalese via an online gay dating site.

The tourist was enjoying a holiday in the sea-side resort of Saly, famous for its beauty and sex-tourism, just south of Dakar.

March 6, 2013

Senegal media claims hotel staff called the police after a French tourist refused to pay for sex with his Senegalese lover and they started to argue

Two gay men, one French and one Senegalese, were arrested by police and charged for having gay sex after a row broke out between them.

They are due to be prosecuted for indecency and 'acts against nature'.

It is claimed a French tourist, arranged to meet Amadou Tidiane Sall, a 24-year-old Senegalese via an online gay dating site.

The tourist was enjoying a holiday in the sea-side resort of Saly, famous for its beauty and sex-tourism, just south of Dakar.

December 30, 2012

A gay couple were brutally beaten when parents of one of them caught them in the act, Senegalese media use story to whip up anti-gay hate

Two gay guys from Guédiawaye, a suburb of the capital Dakar, were brutally attacked by parents of one of the men, and outed by the media.

The two, who have been outed by the Senegalese media as Mouhamadou Lamine Ndour and Pape Diop, were making love at Ndour’s home when his parents suddenly returned and caught them at the act on Thrusday (27 December).

The parents reportedly brutally attacked and beat up the two men.

Ndour has not been seen since the incident by his family and has reportedly fled elsewhere.

December 3, 2012

The family and lawyer of Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye, imprisoned for four years for homosexuality and attacking his gay sex partner, refuse help from human rights organizations

A man in Senegal who was jailed for four years for having gay sex is now not going to get help from human rights organizations to free him because their offers of assistance were rejected.

GSN understands it was Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye’s family and lawyer who turned down help from human rights organizations to appeal his case.

Three human rights bodies publicly said they wanted to help Ndiaye appeal against his prison sentence.

December 3, 2012

The family and lawyer of Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye, imprisoned for four years for homosexuality and attacking his gay sex partner, refuse help from human rights organizations

A man in Senegal who was jailed for four years for having gay sex is now not going to get help from human rights organizations to free him because their offers of assistance were rejected.

GSN understands it was Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye’s family and lawyer who turned down help from human rights organizations to appeal his case.

Three human rights bodies publicly said they wanted to help Ndiaye appeal against his prison sentence.

October 24, 2012

Jupiter Tamsir Ndiaye and with Matar Diop Diagne have received severe sentences for having gay sex, four year and three year imprisonment without parole respectively

Ndiaye, a famous journalist and employee of UNESCO has been sentenced to a four year prison sentence without parole, for having gay sex and causing grievous bodily harm to Diagne.

Diagne, a 27 year-old male merchant, who was also convicted of committing ‘acts against nature’ (ie gay sex) has been sentenced for a three year prison sentence without parole.

Speaking on Senegalese Radio Ndiaye’s lawyer, Khassimou Touré, criticized the judgement: ‘I am surprised, disgusted, and utterly dismayed by this dramatic decision.

October 19, 2012

A famous journalist and Senegalese public figure appeared before accused along with another man of committing 'acts against nature'

Jupiter Tamsir Ndiaye, a famous journalist and employee of UNESCO along with Matar Diop Diagne, a 27 year-old male merchant, were accused by the public prosecutor of Senegal, on of having committed ‘acts against nature’ (ie gay sex).

The public prosecutor in addition accused Nidaye of inflicting on Diagne grievous bodily harm with an illegal weapon (knife). 

On Wednesday (17 October), a packed court room heard how Ndiaye, who is also a former esteemed professor of humanities, had gay sex with a Diagne in his office in UNESCO’s headquarters in Dakar.

October 16, 2012

A journalist is to go on trial tomorrow (17 October) for stabbing a 27 year-old man who demanded money after having gay sex with him

One of Senegal’s most famous journalists, Tamsir Ndiaye Jupiter, is to face trial for gay sex scandal which has hit the national headlines.

If found guilty both may face five years in prison just for having gay sex.

Jupiter, a celebrated columnist for the daily Nouvel Horizon and employee of UNESCO, had gay sex with a merchant called Matar Diop Diagne in his office in UNESCO’s headquarters in Dakar, capital of Senegal.

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.

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.

July 25, 2012

Tribunal court of Toulouse ordered a gay asylum seeker from Senegal to be deported to his home country despite facing death threats and imprisonment

A 25-year-old gay man who fled homophobic persecution in Senegal has been denied an asylum application and is likely to be deported.

Lamine, not his real name, was arrested upon landing in Toulouse airport on Saturday for possession of false documentation. He may be deported back to Senegal as early as tomorrow 26 July.

The court's decisions and procedures are being criticised by local aslym associations.