Senegal: Victims of homophobia find respect inside prison walls

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01/09/2021

African prisons often are hotbeds of homophobic violence, but that hasn’t been the experience of seven Senegalese men convicted in November on homosexuality charges. Treated respectfully by at least two prison officials, last month they also met with LGBTQ rights advocates who visited them in prison. The Free Collective, which shelters abused victims of Senegal’s homophobia, arranged the Dec. 15 visit to Sebikhotane prison. This article is based on the collective’s report about the visit, during which the activists provided moral support while delivering food and medicines for the prisoners. The collective’s manager of victims in the Dakar area made arrangements for the visit with a Sebikhotane prison official, the head of the prison infirmary. Three members of the collective met with him, his deputy and the seven inmates.

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