Human Rights Council Adopts Outcomes of Universal Periodic Review Process on Senegal
ROWLAND JIDE MACAULAY, of European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Federation (ILGA-EUROPE), said last year the arrest and jailing of gay men in Senegal was a result of State abuse, and the Government should free them. Many gays feared for their lives and had gone into hiding, with serious effects on HIV/AIDS programmes, and represented a threat to public health. There had been an increase in homophobia. The current penal code continued to threaten the existence of sexual minorities, in contravention to the rights set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Senegal was a party. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention also found that arrests for consensual homosexual contact were a violation of human rights. Senegal should take further action to repeal the Criminal Code provision and review other national legislation that punished individuals owing to their sexual identity, and should promote tolerance nationally.