The AP is reporting that 11 men have been arrested in the West African nation of Senegal, for attending a gay wedding.
Boukhari Ndiaye said the arrested were among 20 people attending a celebration of a gay marriage at a school in the town about 200 kilometers southeast of the capital, Dakar, on Friday.
He said the 11 remain at the police station. Homosexual acts are criminalized in at least 34 African countries, including Senegal, where they are punishable by up to five years prison and fines of up to $2,500.
In 2013, President Obama visited Senegal and spoke out about the country’s criminalization of homosexuality.
Said Obama: “People should be treated equally.”
President Mack Sall of Senegal replied: “We are still not ready to decriminalize homosexuality. I’ve already said it in the past. We’re still not ready to change the law. This does not mean that we are all homophobic.
Homosexual acts are punishable by up to five years prison and fines of up to $2,500 in Senegal.
A well-known Senegalese journalist was sentenced in July to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality. Seven men were also arrested and imprisoned.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2013 that persecuted gays in Uganda, Senegal, and Sierra Leone have grounds for asylum in the European Union