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Gays targeted in fresh clampdown

Publish date: 13 February 2017
Issue Number: 714
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Tanzania

A Tanzanian Government official has ordered the arrest of three men accused of promoting homosexuality. Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla accused the suspects of advocating sodomy through social networks. One of the men, identified as James Delicious, was ordered to report to the police after posting a video on Instagram that allegedly showed a gay sex act. A report on the 76 Crimes site notes that homosexuality is illegal in Tanzania and carries a lengthy jail term. The government last year threatened to ban civic groups accused of supporting homosexual activities.

Full report on the 76 Crimes site