Senegal’s Sall Says West Should Accept Africa Gay Rights Stance

Senegal’s President Macky Sall said western countries should stop criticizing the stance of many African countries on gay rights on a continent where almost four out five countries prohibit homosexuality

Across Africa same sex unions are only recognized in South Africa while homosexuality is punishable by death in Sudan and Mauritania, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. In Senegal homosexuals can be imprisoned.

Western countries “have to accept that Africans don’t believe in gay rights and should let Africans deal with this following our tradition and choice,” Sall said in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday.

This year Botswana’s highest court ruled that a national gay and lesbian association should be allowed to register with the government after its applications had been refused. The court ruled that there is no law which prohibits a person from being homosexual or for advocating for law reform, according to the Johannesburg-based Southern African Litigation Centre.

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