Tanzania Threatens to Ban LGBTI Groups

Tanzania threatens to ban groups that ‘promote’ the rights of the LGBTI people

Tanzania has threatened to ban non-governmental groups that ‘promote’ the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the first public statement the government has made against the minority group.
 
In a press statement, the deputy minister for health, community, development and gender, Hamisi Kigwangala, says the Tanzanian government take traditional values seriously and will ‘always protect them’.
 
Kigwangala explains that: “I cannot deny the presence of LGBTI people in our country and the risk they pose in fuelling the spread of HIV/AIDS but we don’t subscribe to the assertion that there’s a ‘gender continuum’.”
Gay sex is illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
 
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Source: 
Indian Express

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