A group of gay men is been assaulted, beaten and verbally abused by furious mobs of citizens after took part in the condolence ceremony for Orlando victims at the US Embassy in the Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan two weeks ago. On the same day, Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan also signed the book.
The men have been assaulted after the embassy stupidly published a picture of them in the midst of the signing on its website, with the caption: “LGBTI community signing the condolence book”; the image was quicly shared by social media and used to target the group of people attacked in separate incidents. Two of them were punched and kicked while being subjected to anti-gay slurs while other men where offended and subjected to verbal abuses. Their life is now in danger.
Sex between consenting adults of the same sex is legal in Ivory Coast, but LGBTI people have no specific protection from discrimination under the law and common people hate gay men.
(30th june, 2016)
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