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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Tanzania orders gay men to report to police


Tanzania has ordered men accused of being gay to report to police. Deputy health minister Hamis Kingwangala has ordered three men accused of ‘spreading homosexual activity’ through social media to be questioned by the authorities.



Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Kingwangala has warned that if the men do not report to the police as ordered, they risk arrest, reported the BBC.
The country, neighboring Uganda, has seen a crackdown of the LGBTI community.
In November last year, the health ministry suspended HIV and AIDS prevention programs for gay men. It also threatened to ban groups and charities that ‘promote’ the rights of gay, bi and trans people.
And early in 2016, the Tanzanian government also banned the import and sale of lube as part of its LGBTI crackdown.
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