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A flag of the South African LGBT community sits next to a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela and other mementos, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 7, 2013 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).

With Raid on Lawyers, Tanzania Takes Anti-Gay Fight Beyond Its Borders

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

The human rights lawyers went to Tanzania to combat an anti-gay crackdown, and instead got caught up in it themselves.

Last month, Sibongile Ndashe, executive director of the South Africa-based Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa, or ISLA, traveled with two colleagues to a meeting held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. They had been invited by Community Health and Education Services Advocacy, a Tanzanian organization that advocates on behalf of sex workers, to explore legal responses to a ban on drop-in centers offering HIV/AIDS services—a move seen as part of a broader government assault on the rights of LGBT people. ...

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