While the world celebrates Pride Month, you can be executed for being a sexual minority in these countries

To mark the end of Pride Month 2020, we bring to you a list of countries where identifying as any corollary of the LGBTQIA+ community will invite not only public scorn and segregation, but capital punishment. Yes, in 2020. More than 65 countries still criminalise gay sex!

Afghanistan

In February 2018, a new Penal Code explicitly criminalised same-sex sexual conduct. Scholars and lawmakers in the country believe that “execution” is the “appropriate” punishment for homosexual acts.

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Brunei

As part of its Sharia Penal Code, which was implemented in stages since 2014, death by stoning is prescribed as the punishment for initiating same-sex relations.

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Iran

Iran has declared homosexuality a capital offence as part of its penal code which was enacted in 1991. Reports suggest that many people were hanged for homosexual behaviour in 2005-2006 and in 2016.

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Mauritania

In Mauritania, Muslim men who engage in homosexual sex can be hanged by law. However, no executions have taken place in the country so far.

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Nigeria

Many territories in and around Nigeria follow Sharia law, whereby homosexuality or “deviant sexuality” is punishable by death.

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Pakistan

The country criminalises homosexual acts with a death penalty.

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Qatar

In Qatar, Muslim men face execution for extra-marital affairs. Most gay men in the country live a life of fear and secret, and if found, they may be executed.

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Saudi Arabia

The country does not have a codified criminal law. Sodomy is prohibited in the ultra-conservative country. If a married man commits the “crime” of sodomy, or if a non-Muslim man has sex with a Muslim man, they are all sentenced to death. The country also has a history of tying up queer people and throwing them from the roofs of tall buildings.

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Somalia

Islamic law prohibits same-sex relationships, punishable by law in many regions.

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United Arab Emirates

There is not much consensus on whether UAE law enforces death penalty for consensual gay sex. However, Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code states, ”[people] shall be sentenced to death penalty, whoever used coercion in having sexual intercourse with a female or sodomy with a male."

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