Tanzania arrests 20 over homosexuality

16 Sep, 2017
Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say.


The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids education programmes.


Earlier this year, authorities banned many private health clinics from providing HIV/Aids services, saying they encouraged gay sex.


Homosexuality is a crime in Tanzania.


Regional police commander Hassan Ali Nasri said on state television: "They are implicated in homosexuality. We arrested them and are busy interrogating them. The police cannot turn a blind eye to this practice."