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Chad’s New Legal Code Criminalizes Homosexuality

Washington

In response to reports that the government of Chad has adopted revisions to its penal code making homosexuality punishable by fines and imprisonment for up to 20 years, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Chad’s decision to introduce draconian penalties against LGBTI persons infringes on basic human rights,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa at Freedom House. “Freedom House encourages President Idriss Déby to stop this impending criminalization of LGBTI individuals. His cabinet’s actions are part of the worrying trend of anti-LGBTI legislation across Sub Saharan Africa, from Uganda, to Gambia, to Nigeria.”


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