LGBT Persecution in Senegal

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01/08/2021

In Senegal, a young man was arrested for his suspected sexual orientation, the African Human Rights Media Network reported. Though persecution in the West African country is unfortunately common, the young man represents the 37th arrest since just September. The arrest occurred on Dec. 28, the AHRMN reported. A spokesperson for the Free Collective, an LGBT rights advocate, said the man’s arrest was based solely on his gender identity, the AHRMN reported. The young man was arrested in Touba, a holy city patrolled by Islamist religious militias and steeped in homophobia, the AHRMN reported. The Safinatoul Amane — a religious police force in Touba — are seeking out friends of the arrested young man as well, the AHRMN reported. ADHEOS, a French LGBT rights group, demanded a travel ban against Serigne Cheikh lo Gabou, the head of the religious police force, in an open letter sent to the French minister of the interior on Sept. 30, AHRMN reported.

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