Anti-gay laws widespread in Africa despite gains

What you need to know:

  • The death penalty is on the books, under sharia, in Mauritania, Sudan and northern Nigeria, although there have been no known executions in recent times.
  • In southern Somalia, gay men are believed to have been put to death in territory ruled by the Al Shabaab jihadist group.

More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved towards legal tolerance, watchdogs say.

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