There is no question of decriminalizing same-sex acts in Senegal, affirmed the country’s president Macky Sall.
In a statement released today (12 April) by the presidency, he ‘firmly stressed that the state has never considered such an option and it is totally excluded under my presidency’, reported the BBC.
The Senegalese president also stated: ‘The African basic roots of our cultural values can not allow to accommodate an option to decriminalize homosexuality’.
On Tuesday, Socialist deputy Iba Der Thiam had demanded that the president of Senegal’s National Assembly, Moustapha Niasse, states the ‘official position of the government of Senegal on the issue of decriminalization of homosexuality’.
A anti-gay debate is raging in the local press for the past month.
The latest anti-gay hysteria started when a Frenchman was ‘caught’ and arrested in a fight allegedly started when he refused to pay a male hustler, which led the local media to discuss how homosexuality is imposed on the country.
On 28 February the daily Le Populaire reported that a ‘homosexual lobby’ was trying to introduce by stealth a bill to decriminalize same-sex acts.
The local media also reported a meeting of representatives of Dakar ‘gay lobby’ with the Ministry of Health and human rights organizations.
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