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Forbidden, Burundi

On April 2009 the Burudian Government signed into law a new criminal code that contains a provision making sexual relations between people of the same sex illegal for the first time in the country history.

Those pictures were taken during the interviews carried out by Human Right Watch with the members of Burundi’s LGBT community.

They told us stories of being beaten by parents, chased out of their family homes, threatened by police officers, silenced in school, and subjected to sexual violence.

The abuses and discrimination they endured, for which they felt they had no protection from state, made them second-class citizens in Burundi long before the passage of this law.

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