Homosexuality officially becomes legal in Mozambique 


June 29, Maputo: After deciding to decriminalize Homosexuality a couple of months ago, Mozambique hit a milestone on Monday as Homosexuality became legal in the Southern African nation.

Mozambique has always been very tolerant with its citizens even in the past as though technically punishable by up to three years hard labor, LGBT people were rarely prosecuted by the law. The acceptence and legalization of Gay Rights brings Mozambique in line with the 20 other African countries that either allow for homosexuality, or do not legislate against it.

In the remaining 35 countries, homosexuality is illegal, and punishable by death in Sudan, Nigeria, and Mauritania.

According to Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique: “Now not even the most contorted of arguments could claim that acts of gay sex between consenting adults are somehow illegal.”

Meanwhile, in response to Mozambique’s decriminalization of homosexuality, Freedom House issued a statement saying, “As more countries in sub-Saharan Africa seek to criminalize and prosecute the LGBTI community, it is significant that Mozambique is taking steps to recognize the rights of all of its citizens,” said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs. He further added that Freedom House calls on the Government of Mozambique to follow up this admirable step with a clear commitment to protect the rights of the LGBTI community in Mozambique including legislation against discrimination.

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