Senegal rejects a proposal to strengthen its anti-LGBT laws.

Senegal rejects a proposal to strengthen its anti-LGBT laws

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Senegalese MPs blocked a draft measure that would have toughened existing harsh rules against same-sex relationships from being put to legislative vote on Tuesday. Senegal rejects a proposal to strengthen its anti-LGBT laws.

According to a 2020 global review by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, gay sex is punishable by up to five years in jail in Senegal, where arrests and convictions have increased dramatically (ILGA).

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Senegalese MPs blocked a draft measure that would have toughened existing harsh rules against same-sex relationships from being put to legislative vote on Tuesday.

According to a 2020 global review by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, gay sex is punishable by up to five years in jail in Senegal, where arrests and convictions have increased dramatically (ILGA).

However, in December, a group of legislators proposed a new measure that would increase prison sentences to up to ten years and criminalize LGBT+ activity in particular. Anyone who commits a “act against nature” with people of the same gender is subject to the current law.

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The proposed bill has been rejected by lawmakers in the national assembly’s bureau, who decide which draft laws will be presented to a vote in parliament, according to a statement from the bureau.

The existing legislation is adequately explicit, and the consequences are harsh, according to the report.

Source: Reuters.com

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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