In Mozambique there are no explicit laws against homosexual acts. However, the Penal Code does contain an offence of "practices against nature". According to ILGA, this clause could potentially be interpreted as including male and female same-sex sexual activity, even though it is unknown to what extent the law is enforced.


In March 2011, the Minister of Justice declared during the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review that homosexuality is not an offence in Mozambique.



Male to male relationships: Not Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Fines or restrictions or penal labour

Female to female relationships: Not Legal

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law

More on the law of Mozambique at


Legal incidents

None found as of July 2012


LGBT organizations/networks


LAMBDA, the Mozambican Association for Sexual Minority Rights was founded in 2006. LAMBDA’s mission is to promote the civic, human and legal rights of LGBTI citizens, through public awareness and education, advocacy and social dialogue. LAMBDA’s target groups are all LGBTI citizens, civil society organizations, political and governmental institutions, social groups, such as the youth, teachers, medical doctors, and the general public.




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