by Rachel Ogbu

As Senate President David Mark gets busy rallying his colleagues to outlaw gay relationships in Nigeria, he is surely heartened by the fact that Nigeria is not the only country that opposes same sex relationships.

Laws against homosexual activity have already been passed in at least 78 countries.

According to a list from the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, here are countries with criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs).

Africa

1 Algeria
2 Angola
3 Benin
4 Botswana
5 Burundi
6 Cameroon
7 Comoros
8 Egypt
9 Eritrea
10 Ethiopia
11 Gambia
12 Ghana
13 Guinea
14 Kenya
15 Lesotho
16 Liberia
17 Libya
18 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
19 Mauritania
20 Mauritius
21 Morocco
22 Mozambique
23 Namibia
24 Nigeria
25 Sao Tome
26 Senegal
27 Seychelles
28 Sierra Leone
29 Somalia
30 South Sudan
31 Sudan
32 Swaziland
33 Tanzania
34 Togo
35 Tunisia
36 Uganda
37 Zambia
38 Zimbabwe

Asia, including the Middle East

39 Afghanistan
40 Bangladesh
41 Bhutan
42 Brunei
43 Iran
44 Kuwait
45 Lebanon
46 Malaysia
47 Maldives
48 Myanmar
49 Oman
50 Pakistan
51 Palestine/Gaza Strip
52 Qatar
53 Saudi Arabia
54 Singapore
55 Sri Lanka
56 Syria
57 Turkmenistan
58 United Arab Emirates
59 Uzbekistan
60 Yemen

  • In Iraq, there is no law against homosexual acts, but homophobic violence is unchecked and self-appointed sharia judges reportedly have imposed sentences for homosexual behavior.

Americas

61 Antigua & Barbuda
62 Barbados
63 Belize
64 Dominica
65 Grenada
66 Guyana
67 Jamaica
68 St Kitts & Nevis
69 St Lucia
70 St Vincent & the Grenadines
71 Trinidad & Tobago

Oceania

72 Cook Islands
73 Indonesia (Aceh Province and South Sumatra)
74 Kirbati
75 Nauru
76 Palau
77 Papua New Guinea
78 Samoa
79 Solomon Islands
80 Tonga
81 Tuvalu

Europe

82 Northern Cyprus

Also in Europe and worth mentioning but not on a list of countries with laws against homosexuality are:

  • Russia, where several cities and regions have laws that prohibit discussion of homosexuality in the presence of minors;
  • Ukraine, which has considered, but so far has not adopted a similar law against “gay propaganda.”

For more information, see the ILGA’s world map

We’re in fine company, eh?