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11 countries where LGBTQ+ people still face death penalty


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  11 countries where LGBTQ+ people still face death penalty

                                     PINK NEWS

   May 17, 2023
   Written by Patrick Kelleher

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A year after a number of leading LGBTQ+ organisations called on 11 countries to end the threat of the death penalty as a punishment for queer people, nothing has changed.

In 2022, ILGA Asia, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and five other organisations condemned the use of violence against LGBTQ+ people in a statement issued to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

In the statement, the LGBTQ+ organisations noted that 70 countries around the world continued to criminalise same-sex sexual conduct, including 22 Asian countries.

ILGA Asia said 11 countries – Afghanistan, Brunei, Darussalam, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen – retain the death penalty for LGBTQ+ people. Eight of those countries are in Asia.

According to Human Dignity Trust, the death penalty is implemented in Iran, Northern Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, and remains a “legal possibility” in Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar and UAE.

A year later, ... there are now just 66 countries in the world that criminalise private, consensual same-sex activity – but the number using the the death penalty as punishment remains firm, at 11.


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