Congo lawmaker wants jail, not slavery, for LGBT people

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04/25/2024

Congolese member of parliament and former presidential candidate Constant Mutamba is standing by his bill that would criminalize gay sex for the first time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, although he has clarified that his bill seeks to sentence homosexuals to prison, not to slavery, as had been reported in some outlets. Mutumba had described the bill as calling for “5 to 10 years of servitude” for gay sex, but the bill itself calls for “5 to 10 years of penal servitude.” In a video posted to the X/Twitter social network on April 11, Mutamba clarified his intentions. In particular, he reaffirms his desire to see homosexuals imprisoned for between 5 and 10 years, thus removing the ambiguity surrounding the question of the re-establishment of slavery for LGBT+ people, which had fueled concerns from LGBTQ advocates and human rights defenders.

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