Trudeau en route to Senegal for final stop of UN campaigning in Africa

Trudeau en route to Senegal for final stop of UN campaigning in Africa
DAKAR -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is en route to Senegal for an official visit with one of Canada s closest francophone partners in Africa.

Trudeau s visit will include a meeting with President Macky Sall and a moment of reflection at Goree Island, which was once a final African stop for some of the slaves being taken to the Americas.

Dalhousie University political science chair David Black, who studies Canada s role in sub-Saharan African, says Senegal and Canada have long-standing links, mostly through their shared French language, that Trudeau can build upon.

Black notes Senegal is not without some significant human-rights challenges -- homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to five years in prison for example -- but it s considered one of the most stable democracies on the continent.

The visit will test Trudeau s commitment to women s empowerment and human rights as he looks to gain support from Sall for Canada s bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council.

During a three-day visit to Ethiopia over the weekend Trudeau appeared reluctant to publicly raise the issue of human rights and democratic violations with African leaders he met.
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