In 2014 Ugandan politicians tried to pass some of the continent’s toughest laws against homosexuals. Africa has 37 countries where homosexuality is illegal. Kasha Nabagesera has long fought for the rights of gays and lesbians.
The Ugandan government has formed a committee to monitor and prosecute consumers of pornography. But not all Ugandans support the move.
The arrests in Zanzibar mark the latest in the government's relatively recent crackdown on homosexuality. The punishment for sex among men can be 30 years to life in prison, but there is no ban on lesbian relationships.
A group of gay rights activists in Uganda have taken a government agency to court for refusing to register their organization. Homosexuality is illegal in the country, and violence against sexual minorities is rife.
Tanzanian President Magufuli's threat to clamp down on homosexuals is creating a climate of hatred and fear. It is not the first time the government has targeted certain groups, thereby provoking heated debate.
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