ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

‘Thousands of Names’ Handed to Tanzania Authorities After Public Told to Report Gay People

11/01/2018 | The Independent

There are fears for the safety of the LBGT+ community in Tanzania after a senior government official called on the public to report suspected homosexuals. Authorities have already been handed thousands of names as officials declared a desire to “educate” gay people. Paul Makonda, the regional commissioner of Dar es Salaam, announced that a 17-strong committee consisting of police, lawyers and doctors had been formed to identify homosexuals. The committee will scour the internet to identify videos featuring supposedly gay content and warned citizens to delete any “sex pictures” they had stored on their phones or face arrest. Mr Makonda said authorities had already been handed 18,000 messages of support for the policy from people “disturbed by moral erosion”, many of which also named individuals believed to be homosexual.

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