As nations all over the world transfer to dismantle usually centuries-old legal guidelines banning homosexual intercourse, Bhutan has change into the newest nation to take steps to ease restrictions on same-sex relationships.
The tiny Himalayan kingdom cleared an modification invoice repealing two sections of the penal code that criminalised “unnatural sex” – extensively interpreted as homosexual intercourse.
Same-sex sexual relations are nonetheless outlawed in 68 nations, with the demise penalty in place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia.
Another 27 nations impose most penalties for homosexual intercourse of between 10 years and life imprisonment.
The United Nations has referred to as on nations to throw out anti-LGBT+ legal guidelines, saying they legitimise discrimination towards LGBT+ people and expose them to hate crimes, police abuse, torture and household violence.
Here are the newest 9 nations to take away bans on same-sex relations:
Gabon – Lawmakers within the decrease home of parliament voted to decriminalise homosexuality in June 2020.
“Forty-eight lawmakers have shaken an entire nation and its customs and traditions,” stated one member of parliament, who voted towards the revision.
Botswana – Gay intercourse was decriminalised in a excessive courtroom ruling in June 2019, though the federal government stated it will enchantment.
Angola – In January 2019, Angola eliminated a ban on “vices against nature” from its penal code, which had been interpreted as criminalising homosexual intercourse.
India – A colonial-era ban on homosexual intercourse was dominated unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in September 2018, decriminalising same-sex relations within the nation of 1.three billion folks.
Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean state’s excessive courtroom overturned its legislation towards “buggery”, which criminalised sexual relations between consenting same-sex companions, in April 2018.
Seychelles – In 2016, the Indian Ocean island state repealed the components of its penal code that criminalised same-sex relations.
Nauru – Homosexuality was legalised by the Pacific island nation in 2016, after it accepted suggestions made by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011.
Belize – The former British colony’s criminalisation of “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” was dominated unconstitutional in 2016.
Mozambique – Two articles in Mozambique’s Portuguese colonial-era penal code criminalising “vices against nature” have been repealed in 2014.
Sources: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Reuters
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