Burkina Faso: Humiliation of LGBTQI+ Prisoners

A lawyer recounts the story of a youth he assisted.

LGBTQI+ individuals are sometimes arrested and detained in police stations or correctional facilities where they are frequently blackmailed and humiliated. How do we put a stop to such acts? Bob1 is a lawyer who provides legal aid to LGBTQI+ people. Since 2014, he has helped arrested members of the community. Prison Insider collected his testimony.

  1. Name changed. 

LGBTQI+ prisoners are sometimes deprived of food and water while incarcerated.

The guards were all outside the cell, waiting to see him, to behold his state, to mock and humiliate him.