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Legalizing Homosexuality in Senegal: the Courageous Response of President Macky Sall to the Canadian Prime Minister

The “great defender of human rights” as he describes himself, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, while he was visiting Senegal profited by blowing a libertine flea in the ear of the Senegalese president, Macky Sall. He suggested that he legalize homosexuality in his country. Macky Sall’s response to this daring suggestion is most legendary …

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The Canadian Prime Minister, who had been visiting Senegal since Tuesday evening, spoke at length with President Macky Sall on several issues that concern their two countries. Among these questions, Justin Trudeau mentioned homosexuality which for him is a human right and therefore, should not admit of limit.

“I talk about these issues everywhere I go. Macky Sall knows my perspectives on this, “proclaimed Justin Trudeau during a tête-à-tête with the President of Senegal, Wednesday, February 13. Before adding that he is always for “the defense of human rights. The President is well aware of my prospects in this area. ”

The Senegalese head of state’s response to this somewhat insidious statement by the Canadian Guest was swift. He has indeed clearly expressed himself on the subject which, for him is too out of step with the mores, customs and traditions of the African continent. “It’s our way of living and being. It has nothing to do with homophobia. Senegal is a country of law, which respects human rights. But these rights in Senegal prohibit homosexuality, unnatural relationships, exhibition, “said Macky Sall.

For the Senegalese president, societies evolve on their deep bases also translated by moral identities. “We cannot ask Senegal to legalize homosexuality and organize Gay Pride tomorrow. It is not possible. Our society does not accept it ”.

However, “I respect his choice to be a human rights defender. I am none the less one. Only, our country obeys standards which are the digest of our values ​​of culture and civilizations. It is our way of living and being. It has nothing to do with homophobia, ”concluded the current tenant of the presidential palace in Senegal.

Senegalese law punishes homosexual acts with sentences of one to five years’ imprisonment. The Criminal Code speaks of “immodesty or unnatural act with an individual of his sex”. 

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