Angola Decriminalizes Same-Sex Relationships

Mozambique, Sao Tome and Cape Verde are African countries that have removed anti-gay laws. Angola can now join that list. According to the Human Rights Watch, Angola has decriminalized same-sex conduct and also prohibited discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation.

“The changes came on January 23 as Angola’s parliament adopted its first new penal code since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and removed the provision, inherited from its Portuguese colonizers.

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.” – Human Rights Watch

While LGBT residents in Angola can breathe a sigh of relief, others living in many other African nations can still face stiff persecution. LGBT people risk a 14-year jail term in Nigeria, while anyone found guilty of being in a same-sex relationship faces a 30-year jail sentence in Tanzania.

For more, head over to Human Rights Watch.