Denmark Balks At $9.8 million Aid To Tanzania After Remarks On Gays

Denmark Balks At $9.8 million Aid To Tanzania After Remarks On Gays

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9unacceptable homophobic comments10

17very concerned18according to the BBC.

Last month, Paul Makonda, commissioner for the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, appealed to the public to report suspected gay men to the police.

He said he would set up a surveillance squad to track down gay people.

The government said at the time that Makonda was expressing his personal opinion, not government policy.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Journalists report anti-gay statements have increased since President John Magufuli' was elected in 2015.

In 2017, the country's deputy health minister defended a threat to out gay people.

74I am very concerned about the negative development in Tanzania. Most recently the totally unacceptable homophobic statements from a commissioner

82I have therefore decided to withhold DKK 65 million in the country. Respect for human rights is crucial for Denmark.83

Denmark is Tanzania's second biggest aid donor.

Tornaes has also postponed a planned trip to the east African country, Danish broadcaster DR reported.

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