ADDED ON: 05/26/2022

Senegal advocacy group demands better treatment of LGBTQ prisoners

05/25/2022 | Washington Blade

The founder of a Senegalese advocacy group has criticized the treatment of LGBTQ people in the country’s prisons.  Souleymane Diouf, founder of Collectif Free du Sénégal, says prisoners suffer physical and sexual abuse, especially from other inmates. Diouf notes prison wardens are often reluctant to respond due to current laws that criminalize same sex relations. “There is a considerable difference in treatment between homosexual and heterosexual prisoners. This difference is due to the behavior of prison officers, but also to the attitude of other inmates. The overcrowding of the prisons has furthermore worsened the situation and the attitudes of rejection towards 2SLGBTQIA+ persons,” said Diouf. “The difference in treatment occurs at all stages of the deprivation of physical liberty.”

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