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MSM Involved With HIV/AIDS Organization in Senegal Sentenced to Eight Years in Jail

January 8, 2009

A Senegalese court on Wednesday sentenced nine men who have sex with men to eight years in jail -- the highest sentence of its kind ever handed down in the country -- AFP/News24.com reports. The men were arrested in December 2008 and charged with "indecent conduct and unnatural acts and membership of a criminal organization." Consensual same-sex relations are illegal in Senegal and punishable by up to five years in jail. However, the judge increased the men's sentences to eight years because of their "membership of a criminal organization." Most of the men belonged to a group aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS, according to AFP/News24.com (AFP/News24.com, 1/7). Diadji Diouf, the head of an organization that provides HIV prevention services to MSM in Senegal, was among the men sentenced, the

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Comment by: Felipe Moraga (Tucson, Az) Thu., Feb. 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm EST
To the governmnent of Senegal. You who believe there is a little gap between you and your brother, do not see that it is here you are as prisoners in a world perceived to be existing here. The world you see does not exist, because the place where you perceive it is not real. The gap is carefully concealed in fog, and misty pictures rise to cover it with vague uncertain forms and changing shapes, forever unsubstantial and unsure. Yet in the gap is nothing. And there are no awesome secrets and no darkened tombs where terror rises from the bones of death. Look at the little gap, and you behold the innocence and emptiness of sin that you will see within yourself, when you have lost the fear of recognizing love... A Course In Miracles.
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Comment by: tammy (midland,mi) Fri., Feb. 6, 2009 at 11:22 am EST
I don't understand how they can do that. Eight years because of who you are. Who are they to judge and put people in prison? I would fight this. Living with HIV where i live is hard, not to many people know much about it.Sorry this happened to all of you.
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