LGBTI citizens on edge in West Africa (Part 2: Guinea after the coup)

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09/28/2021

The coup in Guinea came in early September, only a few months after a military junta seized power in neighboring Mali. That turmoil added new challenges for LGBTI citizens in those nations and in neighboring Senegal. To gauge the effects of those events, journalist Moïse Manoel interviewed LGBTI rights activists in three French-speaking countries — Senegal, Guinea and Mali — about the difficult situations that LGBTI people face there. In English translation, the second of those interviews, about Guinea, is published below. “In Guinea, homosexuality is penalized. The provisions of Article 325 of our penal code stipulate that ‘any indecent or unnatural act committed with an individual of the same sex will be punished by imprisonment of 6 months to 3 years and a fine of 100,000 to 1,000,000 Guinean francs.’

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