38 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Map shows members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including those with anti-homosexuality laws and those that have repealed them.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Map shows members of the Commonwealth, including nations with anti-homosexuality laws and those that have repealed them.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 38 still have anti-homosexuality laws, which first were imposed by the British. Worldwide, 78+ countries have anti-homosexuality laws.

The Commonwealth total was 39 countries with anti-LGBT laws until Aug. 10, 2016, when the Supreme Court in Belize overturned that nation’s anti-sodomy law as applied to consensual sex.

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


  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.


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


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


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

Former members of the Commonwealth

These nations — formerly part of the British Empire — have maintained anti-homosexuality laws but have withdrawn from the Commonwealth:

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