An anti-gay group in Liberia has published a “hit list,” a list of people believed to be gay to kill, and the group has vowed to “get to them one by one.” Liberia, like Uganda, has increasingly been fomenting anti-gay hate, and is embattled with its open version of a “kill the gays” bill too. Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, recently made comments favoring the criminalization of homosexuality, prompting the U.S. State Department to express concern over the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s statements.
The anti-gay group in Liberia, the “Movement Against Gays in Liberia,” or, MOGAL, “distributed fliers over the weekend with a hit list of people who support gay rights,” the AP reported:
The group said those involved in promoting gay rights “should not be given space to get a gulp of air.”
“Having conducted a comprehensive investigation, we are convinced that the below listed individuals are gays or supporters of the club who don’t mean well for our country,” the fliers read. “Therefore, we have agreed to go after them using all means in life.”
No individual members of MOGAL signed the flier. But Moses Tapleh, a 28-year-old resident of the main community where the flier was distributed, said he was affiliated with the group and stressed that its threats should be taken seriously.
“We will get to them one by one,” Tapleh said. “They want to spoil our country.”
Asked what specific action might be taken against those on the list, he said they could be subjected to “dangerous punishments” including “flogging and death.”
Currently, Liberia, a Western African nation, only outlaws homosexuality with the penalty bering a fine, but is seeking to make the punishment more severe, including, possibly, death.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Africa are limited in comparison to other areas of the world, with the BBC estimating that homosexuality is outlawed in 38 African countries. In 13 nations homosexuality is either legal or there are no laws pertaining to it.
In recent years, more first world countries are considering or implementing laws that limit or prohibit aid to countries that restrict the rights of homosexuals. In spite of this, many countries are continuing to breach international human rights laws and refusing to consider increasing LGBT rights , and in some cases drafting laws to increase sanctions against LGBT lifestyles.
In Mauritania, Sudan, and northern Nigeria, homosexuality can be punishable by death. In Uganda, offenders can gain a maximum of a life imprisonment for homosexual acts. South Africa has the most liberal attitudes toward gays and lesbians, with a constitution which guarantees gay and lesbian rights, and legal same-sex marriage.
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