Tanzania says it won’t accept gay rights as donors pull cash

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) | Tanzania’s government says it’s facing a difficult financial time after donors pulled funding over its treatment of the gay community, but it says it won’t back down.

Finance Minister Philip Mpango told officials Dec. 14 that many donors have encouraged Tanzania to tolerate homosexuality as a condition for aid, but he said “there is no way” the country can comply. He called the conditions “intolerable.”

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US ‘troubled’ by anti-LGBTI crackdown in Tanzania

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Nov. 9 said the U.S. is “troubled” by the Tanzanian government’s anti-LGBTI crackdown.

“The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation and discrimination,” she said in a statement. “We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and others who seek to exercise their rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly. Legislation is being used to restrict civil liberties for all.”

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Tanzania arrests 1 of 2 women seen kissing in online video

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DODOMA, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzanian police are holding one of two women accused of kissing in a video widely circulated on social media.

Ahmed Msangi, police chief in Tanzania’s Mwanza region, said authorities arrested the woman in the northwestern region of Geita and are looking for the other woman and some others seen in the video.

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Tanzania stops 40 health centers from offering AIDS services

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) – Tanzania’s government has stopped 40 privately run health centers from providing AIDS-related services, accusing them of catering to homosexuals in a country where gay sex is criminalized.

It is the latest move by this East African country to crack down on the activities of homosexuals.

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