'Arrest of two South Africans in Tanzania had nothing to do with homosexuality'

Human Rights Watch says the detainment of two South African's accused of “promoting homosexuality”in Tanzania, is unfortunate and has accused officials of wrongful arrest.

According to reports the pair have been detained along with 13 other men, without charge.

Researcher at Human Rights Watch South Africa, Wendy Isaack says the men were sitting in a meeting organised by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa to discuss issues around developing litigation strategies to challenge government's policies on HIV and access to treatment.

She says the meeting had nothing to do with issues around homosexuality.

They have been detained for further investigation, when the police engaged in this arbitrary arrest they framed it as a group of people have gathered to promote homosexuality. That is not true.

Wendy Isaack , Researcher at Human Rights Watch South Africa

The Initiative for Strategic Litigation was having a meeting with activists and lawyers to discuss a very specific issue around developing litigation strategies to challenge the government's policies on access to treatment for key populations, she says.

The meeting itself had nothing to do with LGBTI issues and homosexuality, the police have framed it as such and that is unfortunate.

Wendy Isaack , Researcher at Human Rights Watch South Africa

Isaack says diplomatic efforts are being made to ensure the release of the two men.

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