Arts & culture

There are numerous sources of information on life as a LGBT(I) person in the different countries where Denmark are engaged in developmental partnerships: Magazines, references to book titles, film clips or references to these. And at LGBTnet.dk we have started to include these in our resources. Read about for example the newest issue of Qzine - African’s only magazine of LGBTI arts and culture. Find them in our extensive database of resources.

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Africa

In most countries on the African continent including North Africa, same-sex relations are illegal and LGBT persons face discrimination and violation of fundamental rights. Homosexual acts are illegal in 38 African countries. In four of these countries (Mauritania, Sudan, 12 northern states in Nigeria and in the southern parts of Somalia) homosexual acts are punishable with death penalty.
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Angola

In Angola both male and female homosexual acts are illegal. Criminal law prohibits private, adult and consensual homosexual acts as "an offense against public morality".

A positive development for Angola’s homosexual population, however, is that gay men have become less invisible and are included in discussions on public health and the HIV epidemic.

Read more: Angola

Benin

Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Benin is very scarce.

Homosexual acts are not criminalised in Benin, but there is no legislation against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Read more: Benin

Burkina Faso

Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Burkina Faso is very scarce.

Both male to male and female to female relationships are legal in Burkina Faso. Same-sex unions are however not legally recognized, and same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned.

Read more: Burkina Faso

Burundi

Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Burundi is very scarce.

Neither male to male nor female to female relationships are  legal in Burundi.

Legislation

Male to male relationships: Not legal

Female to female relationships: Not legal

On 22 April 2009 the president of Burundi signed into law a revision of the Penal Code which for the first time in history includes a prohibition of same-sex relations. Article 567 now punishes such relations with up to two years imprisonment upon conviction.

More on the law of Burundi at ilga.org

Legal incidents

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LGBT organizations/networks

http://moliburundi.org/

Conventions

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Chad

Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Chad is very scarce.

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Chad, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples do not receive the same legal protections as opposite-sex couples. There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Read more: Chad

Congo

Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Congo is very scarce.

Same-sex sexual activity is legal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Age of consent is equal, regardless of sex. Homosexual acts have never been explicitly outlawed in the country's history.

Read more: Congo

Ethiopia

LGBT rights are not recognized in Ethiopia. All homosexual activity is by Ethiopian law seen as a sexual crime, and the public acknowledgement or promotion of homosexuality is overwhelmingly rejected by Ethiopian society.

Read more: Ethiopia

Gambia

The Gambia’s recent enactment of an amendment to Article 144 of the Criminal Code puts the already persecuted lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community at an even greater risk of criminalisation, discrimination, stigmatisation and abuse. The amendment introduces a new crime: ‘aggravated homosexuality’, an almost verbatim reproduction of the section on ‘aggravated homosexuality’ first found in the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Act of Uganda.

Read more: Gambia

Ghana

Male homosexual acts are officially illegal in Ghana. President John Evans Atta Mills has pronounced that the government will not decriminalise homosexuality and LGBTI persons should "stop the practice".

Read more: Ghana

Groundbreaking new resolution

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has adopted a new resolution on "Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity". This resolution should be able to be used by national and international NGO's in their advocay work for LGBT people in Africa. Read the full text of the resolution here.

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Guinea

Information on the conditions for LGBT people in Guinea is very scarce.

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Guinea.

Read more: Guinea

Ivory Coast

While male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal, age of consent differs and same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections as heterosexuals.

Read more: Ivory Coast

Kenya

Homosexual acts between men are criminalised in Kenya, punishable with up to 10 years imprisonment.

Since 2005, Kenya has had a national LGBT coalition, established with international development funding and they are working to strengthen the rights for LGBT people.

Read more: Kenya

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