U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Senegal
45th Session of the UPR Working Group
January 22, 2024
As delivered by Reid Creedon
Thank you, Madam Vice President.
The United States welcomes the delegation from Senegal led by H.E. Mrs. Aissat Tall Sall, Minister of Justice.
The United States recognizes Senegal as an important democratic partner and appreciates its leadership on the continent. We remain concerned by treatment of LGBTQI+ persons and restrictions on certain civil and political rights.
We recommend that Senegal:
1. Ensure peaceful assembly is permitted in the lead-up to Senegal’s Presidential election.
2. Cease cutting internet access and detaining journalists for reporting on political issues.
3. End arbitrary arrests of, discrimination against, and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of LGBTQI+ persons.
4. Take effective measures to reduce the number and length of pretrial detentions and strengthen fair trial guarantees and access to counsel for all individuals.
5. Increase efforts to combat child forced begging, including holding perpetrators criminally accountable and implementing effective protection measures.
I thank you.