T he day after cautiously navigating the remains of churches and Christian graveyards burnt and defaced with graffiti and pockmarked by the bombs and bullets of Al Qaeda and ISIS, Ahmed Nader — a pseudonym used for his protection — sits across from me. He is visibly nervous throughout our interview, even though we are in a secret location that took weeks for him to agree upon. Nader, in his mid-thirties, constantly asks for reassurance that no one can overhear our conversation.
Article criminalises the act of sodomy, whether conducted by men or by men and women, with a maximum punishment of lashings or up to one year imprisonment if unmarried. Where the accused is married, a penalty of death by stoning can be imposed. Article criminalises sexual intercourse between women with a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment.
Around the world, people are under attack for who they love, how they dress, and ultimately for who they are. In too many countries, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex LGBTI means living with daily discrimination. From name-calling and bullying, to being denied a job or appropriate healthcare, the range of unequal treatment faced is extensive and damaging.
Husam pushes his hair further inside. A soldier grabs a torch, shines it on Husam. His long lashes blink in the harsh light. Husam, now 19, left home for good about a year ago, after having spent much of his childhood under semi-house arrest.
A strong global movement has improved respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people around the world. However, at least 68 countries still have national laws criminalizing same-sex relations between consenting adults. This series of maps provides a global overview of those laws.
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History Homosexual activity in Yemen? Current status since Jan 1, Illegal imprisonment as punishment.
A news headline went unnoticed by the international media. It simply said 'Four murders of gay men in Yemen. In the midst of Yemeni mayhem, the international media is excused not to pay attention. Why should they care about the fate of four persons at a time when a whole population is being besieged, bombarded and starved to death?
Same-sex sexual activity could be punished by up to death. LGBT persons are regularly prosecuted by the government and additionally face stigmatization among the broader population. It does guarantee certain human rights to all citizens, with the condition that all legislation must be compatible with principles of Islamic Shariah law.