U.S., E.U. Respond To Dar Es Salaam Administrator’s Anti-Gay Remarks, Actions; National Government Distances Itself From Comments

The Hill: State Department warns citizens of anti-gay crackdown in Tanzania
“The State Department is warning U.S. [citizens] in Tanzania of a crackdown against gay people in the East African country. The State Department said in a notice on its website that citizens should ’employ sound security practices’ and review their ‘internet footprint and social media profiles’…” (Burke, 11/4).

Reuters: E.U. reviews relations with Tanzania over homosexuality crackdown
“The European Union has recalled its envoy in Tanzania and will review its relations with the country in response to a planned crackdown homosexuals. Brussels also criticized what it saw as growing human rights violations in Tanzania. … Paul Makonda, administrative chief of the capital Dar es Salaam, said last Wednesday that a special committee would seek to identify and punish homosexuals, prostitutes, and online fraudsters in the city from this week…” (Malalo et al., 11/5).

VOA News: Tanzanian Government Distances Itself from Calls for LGBTQ Crackdown
“Nearly a week after a local administrator called for a crackdown on gay people living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s biggest city, the government is distancing itself from his remarks. … In a statement published Sunday in Swahili on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation’s website, the government said Makonda’s call is only his opinion and not reflective of the country’s official stance…” (Solomon/Shomari, 11/4).

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