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Tanzania:Police arrests 12 people for ‘promoting homosexuality’

Tanzanian Police have re-arrested 12 people, including two South Africans and one Ugandan, for presumed promotion of homosexuality.

The 12 individuals were initially arrested at a hotel last week but were released on bail, only to be arrested once again over the weekend.  They are currently being held in Dar es Salaam’s central police station as they await legal charges.

The majority are said to be part of the non-governmental organisation Community Health Education Services and Advocacy.  Their lawyer Jebra Kombole said they were first arrested as they sought a legal consultation to challenge the government over its decision to restrict healthcare services to LGBT community members.

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