Protests surge as Tanzania jails anti-HIV lawyers; no charges
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Protests surge as Tanzania jails anti-HIV lawyers; no charges

Tanzania is facing widespread protests over the arrest and ongoing detention of a dozen lawyers and activists supporting health care services for HIV-positive Tanzanians. They have been charged with no crime, but are accused of “promoting homosexuality” when they met to discuss a planned lawsuit seeking to restore anti-AIDS programs for LGBTI people. Continue reading

Tanzania cries ‘homosexuality’ to block health-care lawsuit
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Tanzania cries ‘homosexuality’ to block health-care lawsuit

The Tanzanian government didn’t like the fact that lawyers were meeting with clients on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Dar es Salaam to discuss a planned lawsuit seeking restoration of health-care services that have been  dismantled during Tanzania’s ongoing anti-LGBT crackdown. To block that meeting, Tanzanian police moved in, arrested 13 people and accused  them of … Continue reading

Tanzania: 12 arrests for allegedly ‘promoting homosexuality’
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Tanzania: 12 arrests for allegedly ‘promoting homosexuality’

The arrest of about 12 men on homosexuality charges in Dar es Salaam is the latest human rights violation perpetrated as part of Tanzania’s ongoing anti-gay crackdown.  They were accused of “promoting homosexuality,” but the actual circumstances of the arrests were unknown. Last month, 20 people were arrested on similar charges in the middle of … Continue reading

Protest: 20 Zanzibar arrests violated the constitution
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Protest: 20 Zanzibar arrests violated the constitution

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 … Continue reading