New Niger regime worries about citizens visiting Europe, learning about LGBT rights

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10/24/2023

Officials in the West African nation of Niger are stirring up worries about citizens of Niger visiting Europe and learning about LGBT rights there.  As leaders of the new Niger regime, they’re also fretting about local LGBT people, who they claim are behaving in ways “contrary to the laws and morals of Niger”. Niger does not have a law against homosexual activity, although the former president, Mohamed Bazoum, called for a draconian law outlawing same-sex marriage. Violators would be executed, he said. Bazoom’s regime drafted a new penal code with “an entire section … devoted to criminalizing homosexuality.” That proposal was mentioned on July 12 in an announcement from Bazoom’s communication department, which stated that the proposal called for “severe penalties for anyone who commits indecent acts on a person of the same sex or has sexual relations with a person of the same sex.” The proposal also would have criminalized same-sex marriages and “organizations for homosexuals”.

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