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The Ivory Coast has just jailed two men for gay sex for the first time

The Ivory Coast has just jailed two men for gay sex for the first time

Two gay men were jailed for three months in Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast has jailed two men for gay sex for the first time in its history.

The two men, aged 31 and 19, were sentenced to three months in prison in Sassandra, a coastal town in the southern part of the country.

Identified as P.L and L.A in the local press, the two men were spotted having sex by a relative who filed a complaint with the police.

The two men were immediately arrested and brought to the Sassandra’s prosecutor’s office.

‘[They] stated that they had been lovers for a long time and they did not see how their act constituted an offense,’ a report in the Invoire Matin said.

Franck Amani, advocacy director for Espace Confiance, said the men were jailed for a law against ‘public indecency’.

Ivory Coast does not explicitly criminalize gay sex. However it is not unusual for African countries to use public indecency laws to jail LGBTI people.

There are no other known cases of this provision [in the country] being used to target people engaged in same-sex sexual conduct, Amani told the Associated Press.

‘We are revolted by what is happening and by the judgment that was given,’ he added, who said he had spoken to the 31-year-old by phone.

While Ivory Coast has long been considered to be more tolerant to LGBTI people, there are no legal protections for sexual minorities.

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