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


Homosexuality is still illegal in Yemen in accordance to the country's Shari'ah legal system. Punishment ranges from flogging to death. Yemen is one of only seven countries to apply a death penalty for consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex.


In terms of human rights, the security forces have been responsible for torture, inhumane treatment and even extrajudicial executions. According to the Embassy of Yemen, in recent years there has been some improvement, with the government signing several international human rights treaties. Other sources state that many problems persist alongside allegations that these reforms have not been fully implemented and that abuses still run rampant, especially in the areas of women's rights, freedom of the press, torture and police brutality. Freedom of speech, religion, and the press are all restricted.

Gay and lesbian websites are currently blocked by the government.



Male to male relationships: Not legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: Death

Female to female relationships: Not legal

Marriage and substitutes for marriage: No law

More on the law of yemen at


Legal incidents



LGBT organizations/networks

None found as of July 2012.




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