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Burkina Faso Military Junta Prescribes Death, Life Imprisonment For Homosexuals

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The military junta led by Captain Ibrahim Traoré in Burkina Faso has approved a revised family code that criminalizes homosexuality.

This decision makes Burkina Faso one of the 22 out of 54 African countries that do not allow same-sex relationships, with severe penalties such as death or long prison sentences in some regions.

The council approved a decree for a new Personal and Family Code (CPF) that “enshrines the ban on homosexuality” in the country, the presidency announced in a statement sighted by Diaspora Digital Media.

“From now on, homosexuality and related practices are prohibited and punishable by law,” emphasized the Minister of Justice, Edasso Rodrigue Bayala.

Although the specific penalties were not outlined, and the text is yet to be approved by the deputies of the Transitional Legislative Assembly,

Burkina Faso now joins the ranks of Uganda that enacted one of the harshest anti-LGBTQ laws globally in May of last year.


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