Friday, January 9, 2009

9 Jailed for Homosexuality

Well, at least they aren't stoning them to death or other such nonsense African and Middle Eastern countries like to do to gay people... From the NYTimes...
Nine men were handed harsh sentences of eight years in prison after being tried on charges of conspiracy and “unnatural acts,” a term used to criminalize homosexuality, according to their lawyers and gay rights groups here on Thursday.

The men were arrested on Dec. 19 at the home of Diadji Diouf, a prominent gay activist who works with AIDS organizations to prevent the spread of the disease in the largely clandestine gay community in Senegal, according to Jöel Nana, a program associate for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

Mr. Diouf, who was among those arrested and sentenced, runs an organization that provides condoms and counseling to gay men in Senegal, a largely Muslim country that has become increasingly intolerant of homosexuality in recent years despite its reputation for liberalism and openness. The arrests took place just a few weeks after a conference on AIDS in Africa was held in Dakar.
But, no, LGBT issues are not human rights issues, per the U.S. This is completely normal and OK for people to be doing.

Make sure you look into the International Lesbian and Gay Association, the only UN-recognized LGBT organization, that is working so hard to monitor and respond to international abuses of human rights.

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