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26 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005948-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE) , Daniele Viotti (S&D) , Tanja Fajon (S&D) , Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE) , Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) , Malin Björk (GUE/NGL) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD)

 Subject:  Anti-gay hunt in Tanzania
 Answer in writing 

On 29 October 2018, Paul Makonda, regional commissioner for Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, ordered the public to report the name of anyone suspected of being gay and announced the creation of a special taskforce to identify and arrest them. Already, 10 men have been arrested in Zanzibar, detained and subjected to forced anal examinations, before being freed on bail.

The Tanzanian Government has not taken any action so far, simply declaring that these actions only represent Makonda’s ‘own personal views’ and not those of the government.

This anti-gay hunt is part of a broader series of attacks on the LGBT community and human rights defenders in Tanzania. On 25 June 2018, the home affairs minister threatened to prosecute or deport anyone working to protect the rights of LGBT people. The Ministry of Health temporarily suspended provision of HIV and AIDS services at community level and closed drop-in centres for key populations, including men who have sex with men.

What is the EU doing on the ground to support victims of ongoing homophobic attacks in Tanzania and to protect human rights defenders at risk?

Will the Commission impose sanctions on Tanzania, such as aid suspension or trade measures?

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