Senegal: Justice Minister reverses course on gay rights

Pink News reports:

Sidiki Kaba (Photo courtesy of FIDH)
Sidiki Kaba (Photo courtesy of FIDH)

Senegal’s New Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the country despite previously being a gay rights supporter and activist.

Kaba, who was previously the head of the International Federation for Human Rights, told reporters on Friday [Sept. 6]  that he had dropped his opposition to the persecution of gay and lesbian people.

He said: ”I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him.”

Senegal’s President Macky Sall recently sacked the previous prime minister and the entire of his previous cabinet, Kaba was picked to be justice minister by the new prime minister.

Macky Sall (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Senegal President Macky Sall (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

As the previous head of the International Federation for Human Rights, Kaba stirred up controversy in 2009 when he called for homosexuality to legalised throughout the country.

However it would appear that Kaba has reversed his stance telling reporters on Thursday: “I was expressing the position of my organisation.”

Last year in Senegal, journalist Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye was sentenced to four years in prison for having sex with another man.

Same-sex relations in Senegal are punishable by up to five years in prison.

For more information, read the full article in Pink News:  “Senegal: Justice Minister rules out legalising homosexuality despite previous gay rights support.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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