Senegal: out of step, outlawed
Crackdown on LGBTI people is on the rise in Senegal.
The situation of LGBTI people has worsened since 2017: they have been the target of homophobic marches, arrests, and persecution. The Free Collective, created in August 2020 to defend their rights, set up a secret shelter for persecuted LGBTI people, offered legal aid and medical care, and paid visits to people in prison. Currently, Article 319 of the Penal Code punishes any “act against nature with a person of the same sex “ with one to five years imprisonment. By the end of 2021, lawmakers drafted a new bill to criminalise homosexuality even further. The Free Collective is alarmed by this state of affairs. Prison Insider has asked them three questions.