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12 persons arrested for 'promoting homosexuality'

By BBC
12 persons arrested for promoting homosexuality

Police in Tanzania has re-arrested 12 people, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for the presumed promotion of homosexuality.

The 12 individuals were initially arrested at a hotel last week but were released on bail, only to be arrested once again over the weekend.

They are currently being held in Dar es Salaam’s central police station as they await legal charges.

The majority are said to be part of the non-governmental organization Community Health Education Services and Advocacy.

Their lawyer Jebra Kombole said they were first arrested as they sought a legal consultation to challenge the government over its decision to restrict health care services to LGBT community members.

This is the government's latest crackdown on people who are presumed to support LGBT communities.

In February, the East Africa nation provoked criticism from human rights groups for announcing the closure of several health centers specializing in HIV/Aids prevention, alleging they were fronts for promoting homosexuality.

Homosexual acts in Tanzanian can attract punishments from 30 years to life imprisonment.

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