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Senegal sentences gay men to 6 months in prison for having sex

Saturday, February 1, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — A judge in Senegal sentenced two men to six months’ jail in a rare conviction of a gay couple on criminal charges.

SenegalThe two were arrested after neighbors alerted police to their home in Grand Medine neighborhood of Dakar, the capital.

In court Friday the two men acknowledged having sex. Judge Racky Deme sentenced them under Senegal’s penal code that calls for prison sentences of up to five years and fines of up to $3,000 for committing “an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex.”

More than two-thirds of African countries outlaw consensual same-sex acts, and discrimination and violence against gays, lesbians and transgender people is common.

Senegalese President Macky Sall insists gays in the conservative, predominantly Muslim country are only prosecuted for breaking the law.

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  1. Wonder if they’ll be in the same cell. Lmao!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:05pm
  2. and we all know that there is no gay sex going on in prison. These guys need to “deal” with their neighbors when they get out.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:06pm
  3. Ridiculous

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:07pm
  4. Yet another piece of sh*t country performing inhumane acts on innocent people.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:08pm
  5. Sending someone to prison because he/she can’t love in a heterosexual way is like sending someone to prison because he/she can’t fly or breathe under water. – Simply stupid!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:08pm
  6. This country should be wiped out

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:11pm
  7. pressure our leaders to boycott the gay apartheid

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:11pm
  8. …it hurts so much to read those lines! Happy to be born NOT on the african continent! Shame shame shame…

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:12pm
  9. Threaten economic sanctions and withdrawal of foreign aid.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:12pm
  10. Won’t they have more sex in prison ?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:13pm
  11. No country should be wiped out, thats very ignorant to say timothy, things have a way of comeing back around full circle though.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:14pm
  12. The African continent needs to focus on bigger issues like child trafficing & poverty!
    Let Gay people Be!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:20pm
  13. There was once a time when this would spark outrage in western countries and pressure would be put upon them to be more tolerant and lenient but sadly all human rights everywhere seem to be slipping gradually backwards with impunity. Human rights should always be at the forefront of all countries policies

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:21pm
  14. Fucking crazy!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:22pm
  15. How did they know about it? Were they in on the fun too ; )

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:24pm
  16. The sad thing is that there are real criminals out there, and they are waiting their time with this ridiculousness.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:34pm
  17. This is sad news. Dakar is one of the most sophisticated cities in Africa and no one I know living there would agree with this decision. It’s outrageous.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:38pm
  18. Hello welcome to the 14th century.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:49pm
  19. Ummm I’m pretty sure human rights are much better now then they were in the past. Yes this is a stupid law to have but don’t ever say that the world is heading in a negative direction. And no, it is not really any country’s place to change another country’s laws, social pressure will do that on its own.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 4:56pm
  20. so in some countries.. prison might be the ONLY place where one can be gay and out… or in, as the case maybe….

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:09pm
  21. In prison where he will have more sex….?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:10pm
  22. These bastards need to be pushed back to 1700s as slaves then these whores will get the whole concept of Freedom.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:14pm
  23. sick

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:17pm
  24. Horrible.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:34pm
  25. Good lord! What the hell is Africa’s deal with gay people?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:39pm
  26. If this was any other minority group the UN and allied forces would be there to stop it. Shame. Boycott Senegal!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:42pm
  27. idiots

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:11pm
  28. what none of you seem to get is that this was actually brought on by colonalisation and the religions taking over in countries like Senegal, christian and islam alike , THAT is the real problem, before those countries were colonalized the belief was very different, so this is actually a homemade european/arabic problem. Everything is about religion. But it isnt a reason to be racist against a whole continent, cos not all ppl are like that and South Africa even allows gay marriage. The continent consists of over 50 countries! Bear that in mind! And also who really brought all of this thinking to the african continent in the first place. Just like the transsexuals in India who were once holy ppl and now are less than dirt, because the indish ppl still follow a foolish British law from back in the day!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:17pm
  29. OH THEY’LL GET SEX DON’T YOU WORRY!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:19pm
  30. They should work on jailing drug dealers and shit! Not on innosent people, God damn it!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:20pm
  31. Crazy….

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:40pm
  32. What a bunch of fucking idiots.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:41pm
  33. Right because gay men being allowed to live their lives just as straight men are allowed to live theirs will collapse the economy and bring about the biggest depression in the history of man…Whatever…Besides, it’s not like straight couples don’t participant in these same “unnatural sexual acts”. Going to arrest them?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:43pm
  34. I am so concerned about the direction the African continent and India are taking. So totally disconnected from reality and so cruel.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:55pm
  35. The U.S. should do that to the straight marriage couples, like they do that with their children and they get away with that. Why can’t all of us just back away from going against gay marriage and take a look at the straight married couples?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:56pm
  36. Shameful

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:04pm
  37. NO AID FOR SENEGAL!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:14pm
  38. Isn’t this stupid?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:33pm
  39. Love is a crime?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:37pm
  40. It never ceases to amaze me how pathetically afraid people can be, of things that pose no threats to them. They are the same people who would’ve been shouting “burn the witch”. Shouldn’t there be a crime against being ignorant? Education is the punishment.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:41pm
  41. SO STUPIDE

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:43pm
  42. Why isn’t the United Nations putting sanctions on Russia and these other countries for violating the Declaration of Human Rights authored in Eleanor Roosevelt’s committee in 1949???

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:50pm
  43. The LGBT community is not safe in these third world bug eating countries infested with savages in the government. Very sad.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:05pm
  44. They can’t focus on real crime can they? But ohhhh they care about who’s fuc**** who.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:08pm
  45. Just to have more sex xD

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:09pm
  46. They crazy to even care about what ppl do with thier Dicks and asses sentences them to sanctions

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:40pm
  47. These governments and people who approve of these types of crimes are pathetic!
    Why don’t they spend more time capturing and deterring real criminals? Bastards come the world over with the minds to bully others to be like them, who died and mad them God?

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:55pm
  48. And The United Nations along with the United States have to many people in Public Offices who secretly condone the actions of Russia so you will not see any sanctions.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:56pm
  49. When you think people couldn’t be any more stupid. These people didn’t do anything wrong but love each other and they get that long in jail. Some rapists don’t even get that long if not don’t go to jail at all. What is this world coming to. Love is love shouldn’t be thrown in jail for it.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:28pm
  50. No!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:31pm
  51. How did the proof come about? Anyone could have made sex noises just to piss off a nasty neighbor.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:33pm
  52. religion must be seperated from politics

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:54pm
  53. Outrageous and sickening. Punishing people for who they are!

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:02pm
  54. Bomb Senegal!! Bunch of shit-eating morons anyway…

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:18pm
  55. This is new for me because I’ve never learned about Senegal’s acing on the countrie’s anti-gay laws. They are probably inspired by the enboldened harshness of other African countries. Homophobia was imported to Senegal by French colonialism, French Catholicism.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:06pm
  56. This is a bunch of bull-ish, sending 2 human beings to jail for being in love, what a crock. I’ll be so happy when marriage equality is in every state, my heart will cry out happy tears.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:10pm
  57. Hey. At least they weren’t killed.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:36pm
  58. Burn down the neighbor’s homes.

    Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:53pm
  59. Third world shithole.

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:08am
  60. dispicable

    Posted on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 12:15am