Junta-led Burkina Faso bans homosexuality, becoming the latest African nation to criminalize same-sex relations.

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Junta-led Burkina Faso has indeed adopted a plan to ban homosexuality, making it the latest African nation to do so despite international condemnation. Here are the key points:

  • Background: Burkina Faso, a West African nation, was previously among the 22 out of 54 African countries that allowed same-sex relations.
  • Recent Development: The military junta in Burkina Faso has approved a draft amendment to the country’s family code that criminalizes homosexuality.
  • Legal Implications: Once approved by deputies in the transitional parliament (established after two coups in 2022), this plan will become law. However, specific punishments for homosexuality have not been detailed yet.
  • Broader Context: Homosexuality is illegal in approximately 30 African countries. Some nations, like Ghana and Uganda, have recently strengthened anti-gay laws, drawing criticism from rights groups and Western countries.
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