Sunday, December 27, 2015
Gays in Africa: Residents in the Senegalese town of Kaolack say that police have arrested 11 people accused of homosexual acts
Boukhari Ndiaye said that the arrested were among 20 people attending a celebration of a gay marriage at a school in the town about 125 miles southeast of the capital, Dakar, on Christmas Day 2015. He said that the 11 remain at the police station. Homosexual acts are criminalized in at least 34 African countries, including Senegal, where they are punishable by up to five years prison and fines of up to $2,500. A well-known Senegalese journalist was sentenced in July 2015 to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality. Seven men were also arrested and imprisoned.