Senegalese lawmakers draft tougher laws against LGBT

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12/13/2021

A group of Senegalese lawmakers has drafted a law that would tighten already repressive laws against same-sex relations, lengthening potential jail terms for those convicted of LGBT+ activities, one of the legislators said on Monday. Gay sex is already punishable by up to five years in prison in Senegal, where arrests and prosecutions have risen sharply, according to a 2020 global review by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). Lawmaker Alioune Souare said he had helped draft an update to the anti-LGBT+ legislation. “We hope to present the proposal to the parliament before the end of the week,” he told Reuters.

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