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Monday, 23 October 2017

Police arrests 12 for promoting homosexuality

Police in Tanzania have re-arrested 12 people, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed promotion of homosexuality. The 12 individuals were initially arrested at a hotel last week but were released on bail, only to be arrested once again over the weekend.

Their lawyer Jebra Kombole said they were first arrested as they sought a legal consultation to challenge the government over its decision to restrict healthcare services to LGBT community members.

This is the government's latest crackdown on people who are presumed to support LGBT communities.

In February, the East Africa nation provoked criticism from human rights groups for announcing the closure of several health centres specialising in HIV/Aids prevention, alleging they were fronts for promoting homosexuality.

Homosexual acts in Tanzanian can attract punishments from 30 years to life imprisonment.

BBC

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