Ivory Coast authorities refuse to explain why two gay men were sentenced to 18 months in jail

A man reads the a daily newspaper showing on its front page a picture of a gay couple kissing and the headline: 'Should these same-sex married couple be burnt?' in May 2013 in the commercial capital AbidjanSia Kambou /AFP/Getty Images
A man reads the a daily newspaper showing on its front page a picture of a gay couple kissing and the headline: ‘Should these same-sex married couple be burnt?’ in May 2013 in the commercial capital AbidjanSia Kambou /AFP/Getty Images

Ivory Coast’s authorities have refused to explain why two gay men were sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016, as the country does not criminalise same-sex acts.

Considered a safe haven for LGBT people fleeing persecution elsewhere in a region where sexual minorities are criminalised in Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo, this is the first time gay men were prosecuted for acts related to their sexuality in Ivory Coast. No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status in Ivory Coast.

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SOURCE: News Now/ International Business Times UK

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.