Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of less than 10 years
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
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11/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Senegal’s New Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the country despite previously being a gay rights supporter and activist.
Kaba, who was previously the head of the International Federation for Human Rights, told reporters on Friday [Sept. 6] that he had dropped his opposition to the persecution of gay and lesbian people.
He said: ”I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him.” >>>
While the United States and other countries trying to overcome the issue of gay marriage, considered by many as the last obstacle faced by the gay rights movement, Senegal and the rest of West Africa continue to face the initial challenge of the decriminalization of homosexuality. >>>
Djamil Bangoura has known he is gay since childhood. Growing up in Pikine, a slum of Senegal's sprawling capital city, Dakar, he kept his sexual orientation a secret for fear of violence, imprisonment, and alienation from his family -- the core of Senegalese life. >>>
24/09/2010 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
A report published by Amnesty International titled “Senegal Land of Impunity” and presented to the media on the 15 September 2010 in Dakar, Senegal, has denounced the use of torture to extract “confessions” and convict alleged homosexuals.The report further condemns the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of other serious human rights violations. In the report Amnesty International reflects on the case of nine men, most of them, members of AIDES Senegal, an organization that provides HIV/AIDS prevention services to men who have sex with other men (MSM) whose accusations of homosexuality and the trial were widely talked about in January 2009 in Dakar. >>>
11/07/2010 | ILGA-LAC equipo de comunicacion
In Senegal, same-sex activity has, since 1965, been punishable by up to five years imprisonment. Enforcement of this law has escalated in the past two years, with the arrests of more than 50 people and trials of at least 16 individuals suspected of same-sex activity or being part of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans community. Simultaneously, state-sanctioned violence and anti-gay rhetoric in the media against individuals believed to be LGBT has increased. >>>
While gay rights are slowly expanding around the world, including in Africa, human rights activists note some political, media and religious leaders are leading sometimes violent campaigns in the opposite direction. Activists say they feel the tradition of tolerance no longer applies to homosexuals in that West African nation. >>>