Working To Overturn Laws Criminalizing People on The Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Micheal Ighodaro Communications Intern : International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission . BACKGROUD.
Communications Intern :International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
In all regions, people experience violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. sex between individuals of the same sex is criminalized in vague terms. In Malaysia, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment and whipping. Similarly, in Uganda, “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” is an offence which can carry a sentence of life imprisonment. In Nigeria 10 years imprisonment for anyone who “directly or indirectly show same sex affection”
This is not just in Nigeria, Russia, India or Uganda, but in about 76 countries around the world with discriminatory laws. Such legislations not only criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people but creates conditions in which any abuse of their human rights can be justified. It also denies them access to health care services and education.
Mauritania, Sudan, Northern Nigeria, Southern Somalia
Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa.