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Countries Where Gay Sex Is Punishable By Death

Countries Where Gay Sex Is Punishable By Death

Stoning people to death for engaging in same-sex relationships officially became the law in Brunei. Officially called Negara Brunei Darussalam — or the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace — the third richest country in the world has joined a list of nine other nations that also impose the similar kind of punishment for same-sex relationships or acts.

In a few countries, even same-sex marriage is legal. But there are 55 countries in the world that operate a neutral stance on the issue. Gay marriage is not legal but nor is it a crime. Japan, China, India and Russia are among these countries, although campaigners note that Russia is using a series of repressive legal steps against gay people.

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While Brunei’s laws against gay sex have come under fire, it’s worth noting that they aren’t the only country that enforces a death penalty for homosexual relations. As noted by The Washington Post, there are nine other nations around the world that carry similar punishments.

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Afghanistan

While the country’s penal code doesn’t explicitly mention homosexual acts, Article 130 of Afghanistan’s constitution does allow for “recourse to be made to sharia law, which prohibits same-sex sexual activity in general.” That being said, there have been no recorded cases of anyone being killed for having gay sex since the early 2000s.

Iran

As per sharia law, gay sex between men is punishable by death.

Mauritania

Despite official laws, there has been a moratorium on capital punishment for decades.

Nigeria

Several states within Nigeria have imposed a death penalty for gay sex.

Qatar

The law in Qatar applies only to those practising Islam.

Saudi Arabia

Married men who commit sodomy, or a non-Muslim engaging in sodomy with someone who practices Islam, can be stoned to death.

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Somalia

Similar to Nigeria, some states have adopted sharia law — and by extension, a death penalty for gay sex.

Sudan

Those convicted three times for sodomy can be put to death.

Yemen

For the last 25 years, married men who engage in gay sex can be stoned to death.

 

Source – metro.co.uk, inquisitr.com, nydailynews.com

 

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