Not Only Brunei – List of Countries Around the World Where It Is Illegal to Be Gay (Infographic)

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As Nexter.org previously reported, Brunei has enacted strict new laws that make gay sex punishable by stoning to death. That’s why we decided to let you know what other countries also consider homosexuality illegal.

Where is it illegal to be gay?

Millions of people continue to live in places that outlaw same-sex relationships and prosecute people for being gay.

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) report on state-sponsored homophobia, released last month, six United Nations member states imposed the death penalty on consensual same-sex sexual acts. Brunei now brings that count to seven.

70 UN member states still criminalize same-sex relations between two consenting adults, the report said. In 26 countries of those countries, the penalty varies from 10 years in prison to life.

Human rights groups have condemned the new laws targeting the community.

“To legalize such cruel and inhuman penalties is appalling of itself. Some of the potential ‘offences’ should not even be deemed crimes at all, including consensual sex between adults of the same gender,” said Amnesty International’s Brunei Researcher Rachel Chhoa-Howard.

Europe

No countries in Europe have laws explicitly preventing homosexual activities.

However, activist website 76 Crimes notes that Russia “enacted an anti-‘gay propaganda’ law in 2013 prohibiting any positive mention of homosexuality in the presence of minors, including online”.

Source: Suzanne Pollak/JTA

 

Africa

Africa tops the list of anti-gay legislation, with 33 of its 54 nations criminalizing homosexual activity.

Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Middle East

Bahrain, Israel, Iraq and Jordan are the only countries in the region that do not outlaw homosexuality.

Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Central, South and East Asia

The remainder of Asia has a mixed record on gay rights. Many countries on the continent have never passed any form of anti-gay legislation, including Cambodia, South Korea, Taiwan, Laos and the Philippines, while Japan decriminalized homosexuality almost 140 years ago.

However, at the other end of the spectrum are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Brunei, Myanmar and parts of Indonesia, all of which have laws that carry sentences up to life or execution for homosexual activity.


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