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SENEGAL – Assembly refuses to criminalize homosexuality

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This decision will not please the collective for the preservation of values called “and sam jiko yi” as well as the deputy Mamadou Lamine Diallo who brought the fight to the hemicycle. On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, the National Assembly rejected the bill to criminalize homosexuality. The Bureau of the Assembly ruled the text proposed in December 2021 “inadmissible”.

The National Assembly rejected the collective “and sam jiko yi” on the law criminalizing homosexuality. Meeting on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, the bureau of the assembly considered that the reasons set out in this law are “inadmissible” since there is already a law that punishes acts against nature. The Penal Code currently provides for up to five years in prison for acts described as “unnatural with an individual of his or her gender”. The collective led by Ababacar Mboup called for a 10-year sentence for “lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality, intersexuality, zoophilia, necrophilia and other related practices”.

The Free Senegal collective that campaigns for the respect of citizens’ rights is totally against such a law. He believes that this violates the freedom of individuals in their sexual orientation. The parliamentary group of the parliamentary group Benno Bokk Yaakaar of the presidential majority finds the debate inappropriate and purely political. For the Vice-President of the National Assembly, Abdoul Mbow, this is a false debate that distracts the Senegalese already occupied by the local elections of 22 January 2022.

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Sheikh Omar Diagne, active member of the collective “and sam joko yi” said he was disappointed by the decision taken by the bureau of the hemicycle to reject the bill. For him, on Walf Tv on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, it is up to the people to continue the fight and impose their will. The fight is therefore far from over because, according to Sheikh Omar Diagne, any homosexual or lesbian will be severely punished by the people who will no longer need to rely on the Police or the Gendarmerie.

       

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