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The Canadian Bar Association

Kim Covert

Canada should facilitate asylum for targeted LGBTI+ individuals in Tanzania

November 23 2018 23 November 2018


The headlines out of Tanzania tell the story of dangerous and deadly times for the country’s LGBTI+ community, as many gay men are in hiding from vigilante squads on a mission to find and arrest them.

While the Tanzanian government says it does not support these measures, the CBA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community says it expects “the proposed plan has already further marginalized Tanzania’s LGBTI+ community by inciting hatred, discrimination and possibly violence.”

SOGIC has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland asking the government to take steps to help support LGBTI+ individuals living in Tanzania, to ensure their well-being and safety.

The government can do this, SOGIC says, by obtaining information with regard to the extent to which the LGBTI+ community is being targeted; denouncing any actual or threatened human rights abuses against that community and individuals in it; and facilitating asylum in Canada for LGBTI+ individuals fleeing persecution.

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