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Discriminatory LGBT policies flagged

Publish date: 10 February 2020
Issue Number: 859
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Tanzania

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report documenting how Tanzania’s health policies deny adequate services to LGBT people and others who are at risk of contracting HIV. The report details the escalating attacks against LGBT individuals and how the anti-LGBT crackdown has disabled many of the community organisations that serve them. It further flags many of the discriminatory health policies in place, including 'a ban on distribution of lubricant and the prohibition on HIV and public health outreach and operation of drop-in centres by community-based organisations serving LGBT people and key populations’. HRW recommends that the government ends arrests based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and takes 'a rights-respecting, evidence-based approach to HIV prevention and treatment'.

Full HRW report