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U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Recalled After Denouncing Nation’s Imprisonment of Gay Couple

Daniel Foote, the U.S. ambassador to Zambia, has been withdrawn after criticizing the country for imprisoning a gay couple for having sex. Voice of America reports: “A State Department spokesperson said Ambassador Daniel Foote’s job in Zambia is ‘no longer tenable’ because Zambian President Edgar Lungu said he no longer wants to work with Foote.” Said the spokesperson: “Despite this action, the United States remains committed to our partnership with the Zambian people. firmly opposes abuses against LGBTI persons. Governments have an obligation to ensure that all people can freely...
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Zambia’s anti-gay president wants US ambassador to leave the country after defending two men jailed for loving each other

The president of Zambia is calling on the US ambassador to resign and leave the country for defending a gay couple who were sentenced to 15 years in jail for having a consensual relationship. Ambassador Daniel Foote said he was “personally horrified” by the harsh sentence passed down on the two gay men, Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, for a relationship “which hurt absolutely no one”. He also accused the authorities of having double standards when it comes to pursuing other crimes, noting: “Government officials can steal millions of public...
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The central African country of Gabon just criminalised gay sex

An official has confirmed that the African country of Gabon has criminalised gay sex, making it the 70th country in the world where same-sex relations are illegal. Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is on the west coast of central Africa. A government official, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Openly that the change was made to the law in July but was not widely reported. Now, the penalty for having sex with someone of the same gender will be up to six months in prison as well as a fine...
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The central African country of Gabon just criminalised gay sex

An official has confirmed that the African country of Gabon has criminalised gay sex, making it the 70th country in the world where same-sex relations are illegal. Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is on the west coast of central Africa. A government official, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Openly that the change was made to the law in July but was not widely reported. Now, the penalty for having sex with someone of the same gender will be up to six months in prison as well as a fine...
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Gabon Bans Gay Sex, Penalizes it with 6 Month Prison Term

The African nation of Gabon has criminalized gay sex, joining at least 70 other countries that do so. Reuters reports: “The central African country banned ‘sexual relations between people of the same sex’ in a new penal code earlier this year, according to copies of the law online. A government official who declined to be named confirmed the change, which happened in July but was not widely reported. The minister of justice declined to comment. … Confirmation of the change, which introduced a penalty of up to six months in...
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