Tanzania Says Tolerating LGBT Community Would Be ‘Intolerable,’ As Donors Pull Funding

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12/16/2018

Tanzania said Friday that it would not comply with demands from donors to soften its opposition to LGBT rights. According to NBC News, Finance Minister Philip Mpango told officials that Tanzania could not comply with demands from donors to tolerate the LGBT community as a condition for aid. “[T]here is no way,” he said, calling the request “intolerable.”  Last month, Denmark, Tanzania’s second-largest donor, said that it would withhold $10 million in aid to Tanzania. Officials cited “unacceptable homophobic comments” in announcing the decision. The news came after the regional governor of Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, asked the public to help identify people suspected of being gay.

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