A law that would stiffen already repressive laws against same-sex relations and LGBT+ activities in Senegal was on Monday drafted by a group of lawmakers.
According to a 2020 global review by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), gay sex is already punishable by up to five years in prison in Senegal, where arrests and prosecutions have risen sharply.
The bill would lengthen prison terms to between five and 10 years and criminalise LGBT+ activities specifically. The current law targets anyone who commits an “act against nature” with persons of the same gender.
“We hope to present the proposal to the parliament before the end of the week,” said lawmaker Alioune Souare who drafted an update for the anti-LGBT+ legislation.
International rights group Amnesty International said LGBT+ activists in Senegal also face smear campaigns and death threats.
Senegalese LGBT+ activist Djamil Bangoura called on the international community to mount pressure on authorities to reject the new legislation.
“When individual freedoms, in particular the most sacred -privacy between consenting adults – are attacked, then there is little time left to realise that democracy is in danger,” he said.