Angola has just dropped the colonial penalty that was used to prosecute those who engaged in gay sex. On Wednesday 23 JanuaryAngola became the first country in to decriminalise same-sex conduct. This provision was reportedly used to criminalise homosexual activity.
Angola thus becomes the latest country to advance the fundamental human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination by decriminalizing homosexuality. While 69 countries around the world still infringe on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex LGBTI people by criminalizing same-sex conduct, progress on this front has been significant. From now on, anyone refusing to employ or provide services to individuals based on their sexual orientation may face up to two years in prison.
Angola has decriminalised homosexuality and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is the latest in reforms under the administration of President Joao Lourenco, a former defence minister who took office in However according to Human Rights Watch, there are still 69 countries that still criminalise same-sex conduct.
Lawmakers in Angola last week approved a new penal code that decriminalizes consensual same-sex sexual relations in the African country. The Angolan Parliament on Jan. Lawmakers also banned discrimination based on sexual orientation. Neighboring Zambia is among the dozens of countries around the world in which consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized.
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Taking things one step further, the government has also prohibited discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation. And so anyone refusing to employ or provide services to individuals based on their sexual orientation may face up to two years in prison. While there have been no known prosecutions under the law, provisions like this one curtail the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people, subjecting their intimate lives to unwarranted scrutiny.
Yesterday, January 23, Angola became the first country in to decriminalise gay sex. Making it a well-rounded win, lawmakers also passed a bill that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment. The bill passed with votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions.
Frans Viljoen does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Angola has decriminalised consensual same-sex acts between adults in private. These formulations have widely been interpreted as a ban on homosexual conduct.
Angola, which gained independence from Portugal inhas had no documented prosecutions for same-sex conduct under the old law, according to Human Rights Watch. But the organization maintained that the decision would still ensure greater protection of the Angolan LGBT communitywhich has reported instances of discrimination when seeking health care services. Angola has abolished a law widely interpreted to be a ban on homosexuality. You can now face upto 2 years in prison for discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation or refusing to employ or provide services to individuals based on their sexual orientation.