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[LIST] 83 Countries Where Homosexuality is Illegal

gay-couple-married-in-franceThe International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has identified a total of 82 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal. The list excludes Indonesia, where two large provinces outlaw homosexual acts, as well as political entities that aren’t fully accepted by the international community, such as Gaza/Palestine and the Turkish-controlled northern portion of Cyprus.

On Dec. 11, that total increased by one — to 83 countries with anti-homosexuality laws — when the Supreme Court of India reversed a lower court ruling that had suspended enforcement of the law.

Here’s the list of 83 countries and independent political entities with anti-homosexuality laws:

Africa

1 Algeria
2 Angola
3 Benin
4 Botswana
5 Burundi
6 Cameroon
7 Comoros
8 Egypt
9 Eritrea
10 Ethiopia
11 Gambia
12 Ghana
13 Guinea
14 Kenya
15 Lesotho
16 Liberia
17 Libya
18 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
19 Mauritania
20 Mauritius
21 Morocco
22 Mozambique
23 Namibia
24 Nigeria
25 Sao Tome
26 Senegal
27 Seychelles
28 Sierra Leone
29 Somalia
30 South Sudan
31 Sudan
32 Swaziland
33 Tanzania
34 Togo
35 Tunisia
36 Uganda
37 Zambia
38 Zimbabwe

Asia, including the Middle East

39 Afghanistan
40 Bangladesh
41 Bhutan
42 Brunei
43 India
44 Iran
45 Kuwait
46 Lebanon
47 Malaysia
48 Maldives
49 Myanmar
50 Oman
51 Pakistan
52 Palestine/Gaza Strip
53 Qatar
54 Saudi Arabia
55 Singapore
56 Sri Lanka
57 Syria
58 Turkmenistan
59 United Arab Emirates
60 Uzbekistan
61 Yemen

Two Asian/Middle Eastern countries were listed separately by ILGA under the heading “Legal status of homosexual acts unclear or uncertain”:

  • In Iraq, there is no law against homosexual acts, but homophobic violence is unchecked and self-appointed sharia judges reportedly have imposed sentences for homosexual behavior.
  • In India, enforcement of the law against homosexual activity had been suspended by court action, but the Supreme Court overturned that ruling on Dec. 11, 2013, so India is back on the main list of countries with anti-homosexuality laws.

Americas

62 Antigua & Barbuda
63 Barbados
64 Belize
65 Dominica
66 Grenada
67 Guyana
68 Jamaica
69 St Kitts & Nevis
70 St Lucia
71 St Vincent & the Grenadines
72 Trinidad & Tobago

In the United States, anti-sodomy laws were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003, but they are still on the books in 13 states: Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina,  Texas, Utah and Virginia. Conservative state legislators refuse to repeal the laws and, in some cases, police still enforce them.  Reportedly, in the past few years more than a dozen LGBT people were arrested for violating those laws, but the arrestees were freed because prosecutors won’t seek convictions based on defunct laws.

Oceania

73 Cook Islands
74 Indonesia (Aceh Province and South Sumatra)
75 Kirbati
76 Nauru
77 Palau
78 Papua New Guinea
79 Samoa
80 Solomon Islands
81 Tonga
82 Tuvalu

Europe

83 Northern Cyprus

Also in Europe and worth mentioning but not on that list of countries with laws against homosexuality are:

  • Russia, which enacted a law in 2013 prohibiting any positive mention of homosexuality in the presence of minors, including online;
  • Ukraine, which has considered, but so far has not adopted a similar law against “gay propaganda.”
  • Moldova, which adopted and then repealed such a law in 2013.

 

This is was curled from the ILGA’s 2012 report. More details can be found in the ILGA world map and 2012 report “State-Sponsored Homophobia” Also, ILGA’s updated and reformatted 2013 report.

 

Source: 233livenews/76Crimes

One comment

  1. Why dont people care about those who are in need anymore? How can we spend millions of dollars to expand civil gay rights programs while there
    are children in need of emergency medica surgeries all over the US? Do you see those cans at gas stations with pictures of children on them? They are
    there because an ignorant group of people spent their money on more gay rights for improving their private bedroom lifestyles instead of helping
    out those in need. How do you put your perverted selfish wants before those in need? What a selfish arrogant country America has become.

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