A Tanzanian official has ordered the arrest of three men accused of promoting homosexuality, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press article continued:
Hamisi Kigwangalla, the deputy minister of health, said in a statement Tuesday he wanted the men prosecuted for advocating sodomy through social networks.
One of the men, identified as James Delicious, was ordered to report to the police after posting a video on Instagram that allegedly showed a gay sex act. The others wanted are Dani Mtoto wa Mama and Kaoge Mvuto.
Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania and carries a lengthy jail term.
Last year Tanzania threatened to ban civic groups accused of supporting homosexual activities. It also suspended a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention program for men who have sex with men.
In December, police raided a training session for Tanzanian reproductive health providers from eight local NGOs. The groups at the meeting are dramatically restricting the health services they offer — not just to men who have sex with men, but to all at-risk populations, out of fear that they will draw the government’s ire, East Africa-based reporter Andrew Green stated in Devex.com.
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- Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown now targets AIDS programs (November 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Seeking to limit gay sex, Tanzania bans lubricants (July 2016, 76crimes.com)