US warns against travel to Tanzania over same-sex unions row

By KEVIN J. KELLEY |

The US State Department on Tuesday urged travellers to Tanzania to “exercise increased caution” due in part to threats that gay people may experience there.

The advisory comes as another indication that the Trump administration was not abandoning the Obama-era practice of speaking out on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Africans.

“Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offences,” the State Department declared in its updated advisory on travel to Tanzania.

“Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations.”

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