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39 Commonwealth nations still have anti-LGBTI laws

Map shows members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including those with anti-homosexuality laws and those that have repealed them. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Map shows members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including those with anti-homosexuality laws and those that have repealed them. (Map courtesy of Wikipedia)

Among the 53 nations in the Commonwealth of countries that formerly belonged to the British Empire, the following 39 still have anti-homosexuality laws, which first were imposed by the British. Worldwide, 79+ countries have anti-homosexuality laws.

The following list includes links to this blog’s coverage of them.

Africa

  1. Botswana
  2. Cameroon
  3. Ghana
  4. Kenya
  5. Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
  6. Namibia
  7. Nigeria
  8. Seychelles. Seychelles does not prosecute anyone under their anti-sodomy law, has promised to repeal it, but has not yet done so. A same-sex wedding was conducted in Seychelles on June 13, 2015, on British territory (the British high commissioner’s residence). Seychelles laws currently have no provision for marriage equality.
  9. Sierra Leone
  10. Swaziland
  11. Tanzania
  12. Uganda
  13. Zambia

Lesotho was formerly on the list, but it has adopted a new Penal Code that apparently eliminates the nation’s former common-law crime of sodomy.

Asia

  1. Bangladesh
  2. Brunei
  3. India
  4. Malaysia
  5. Maldives
  6. Pakistan
  7. Singapore
  8. Sri Lanka

Americas

  1. Antigua & Barbuda
  2. Barbados
  3. Belize
  4. Dominica (But see “Dominica leader: No enforcement of anti-gay law.”)
  5. Grenada
  6. Guyana
  7. Jamaica
  8. St Kitts & Nevis
  9. St Lucia
  10. St Vincent & the Grenadines
  11. Trinidad & Tobago

Oceania

  1. Kirbati
  2. Nauru
  3. Papua New Guinea
  4. Samoa
  5. Solomon Islands
  6. Tonga
  7. Tuvalu

Former members of the Commonwealth

These African nations — formerly part of the British Empire — have maintained anti-homosexuality laws but have withdrawn from the Commonwealth:

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