The Sept 15 arrest of 20 people at an HIV/AIDS training session in Zanzibar violated the Tanzanian Constitution, the Zanzibari Constitution and the African Charter, two African human rights organizations declared in a joint press statement. The raid was part of an ongoing crackdown on homosexuality in Tanzania that has been under way since December …
Tanzania’s crackdown on its LGBT community continued over the weekend with the arrest of 20 people at an HIV/AIDS training session. Police accused them of homosexuality.
Modestly edited items from ILGA’s LGBulleTIn and UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes news summaries:
Tanzania must put an end to its threats against supporters of pregnant teenagers, young mothers and LGBT people, 18 national and international advocacy groups declared today. They endorsed an appeal by 25 Tanzanian advocacy groups that urged the government to drop a plan to block teenage mothers from returning to school.
Tanzania has expanded its anti-gay crackdown to include anyone working for gay rights or protecting “homosexual interests.” Government officials seem unaware or unconcerned that such repression, which includes denial of health services to LGBTI people, is likely to lead to a rebound of HIV/AIDS, as has occurred in Uganda.
The Tanzanian government’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people has given pause to sexual minorities there who previously enjoyed a relatively tolerant environment. Now, says Tanzanian trans sex worker and fashion designer Queen M, for the first time she is afraid.
“Something bigger, something scarier, was happening” — an inside look at Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown.
An Anglican archbishop in the Caribbean calls for justice for LGBTI people. An annual LGBTQ film festival is held for the fifth time in Botswana. Tanzania backs off a proposal to publish the names of gay Tanzanians. Those items and other less encouraging news come from the latest edition of UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of …
Tanzania is intensifying its anti-gay crackdown, declaring an end to HIV/AIDS services at 40 health drop-in centers that serve the LGBT community, accusing them of promoting homosexuality. The health ministry on Saturday announced plans to publish a list of Tanzanian homosexual sex workers whom it finds online.
A Tanzanian official has ordered the arrest of three men accused of promoting homosexuality, according to the Associated Press.