Senegal: LGBTI activists sue in France to punish anti-gay group JAMRA

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12/21/2022

JAMRA has initiated numerous marches and demonstrations in Senegal over the past two years to pressure lawmakers to increase the nation’s criminal penalties for homosexual activity. Under current Senegalese law, people convicted of an “act against nature” with another person of the same gender can be sentenced to one to five years in prison and/or fined. This is the joint press release announcing the legal action by the advocacy organizations STOP HomophobieMousse and AdheosThe associations STOP homophobia, Mousse and Adheos filed a complaint with civil action [on December 16] against the Senegalese Islamic organization JAMRA, following the publication of numerous offensive posts and inciting homophobic hatred and violence on their Facebook page “Jamra Ong Islamique”, followed by more than 54,000 people. Some publicly call for the killing of homosexuals. However, many of their “followers” are located in France and the homophobic publications of JAMRA are generally written in French, constituting a sufficient link to found the competence of the French courts, hence the complaint of the associations.

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