Tanzania Vows To Arrest And Deport Those Protecting Gay Rights

Tanzania has threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organisations protecting homosexual interests, local media reported Monday.

The Interior Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said that organisations and institutions that campaign for gay rights will face punitive measures.

“Those who want to campaign for gay rights should find another country that allows those things,” Nchemba further said.

According to Nchemba, Tanzanian nationals risk being arrested and taken to court, while foreigners risk immediate deportation from the country.

Foreigners involved in such campaigns would be “deported within no time … they will not have even the time to unplug their mobile phones from the socket.

The warning comes after President John Magufuli slammed NGOs who campaign for gay rights, saying they should be countered even if this meant losing foreign aid.

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Tanzania, where the law states that suspects convicted of having “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” could face up to 30 years in jail.

According to Amnesty International report homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 countries in Africa, and is punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia.


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