Antigay Violence on the Rise in Senegal

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com November 30 2010 8:55 PM ET

Antigay violence is on the rise in the western African nation of Senegal, likely the result of political scapegoating in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch

Beatings, arrests, and lynchings have increased significantly over the past two years in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, according to the New York-based organization.

“When elections are coming up and politicians are under
scrutiny, all of a sudden there is more focus on homosexuality,
because that’s a very easy target,” Boris Dittrich, acting director of Human Rights Watch's LGBT rights program, said in an interview with Bloomberg

View the HRW report here