Public Health Leaders Call on Government of Senegal to Release Nine Men Imprisoned for Eight Years Based on Their Sexual Orientation
January 12, 2009
Abuja, Nigeria/Geneva, Switzerland -- The Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and the International AIDS Society (IAS), the world's leading associations of professionals working in the global and African response to HIV/AIDS, call on the Government of Senegal to immediately release and drop all charges against nine men sentenced each to eight years in prison based solely on their sexual orientation. Among those arrested are men working to provide critical HIV prevention, care and treatment services among men who have sex with men.
The Society for AIDS in Africa, the International AIDS Society and a dozen other leading international and regional institutions partnered over the course of 2008 to organize a ground-breaking International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), held last month in Dakar, Senegal. At that conference public health leaders, scientists, clinicians, community and political leaders all affirmed their support to meaningfully address HIV among populations of men who have sex with men and other sexual minorities.View Full Article
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