Countries where homosexuality is a punished crime – The topic of equal rights has been controversial and fought over for centuries, with the main group fighting for their rights shifting with new social issues. It has been over race and skin color, gender and sex, immigration and nationality, and even love and sexual orientation.
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With all the progress made over the years, there are still those who decide to persecute and attack those who are born differently. There are still racist people in the world, as there are still those who will judge a person based on their sexual orientation or gender.
The United States has made strides to stand up for the rights of its citizens, some parts being more welcoming than others, but areas around the world still struggle to give their citizens protection and equal rights.
As of May 2016, there are 79 countries where it is still illegal to take part in homosexual acts, or “acts against nature” as some countries refer to them as. While that is horrifying in itself, the real terror in that is the different ways you can be punished in these countries for taking part in homosexual acts. Here is a list of 15 of those countries, and the different punishments you can receive for homosexual acts there.
While the law in Tanzania, an East African country, does not specifically speak of homosexuality per se, it does mention “Acts against nature” as a severe crime. Those caught or suspected of violating this law, apparently should face a minimum prison sentence of twenty years in jail. Those caught doing something illegal in a sexual offense case could actually get life behind bars. The worst part is, you don’t actually have to commit the “crime,” you just have to be caught or seen as attempting to commit it. Makes you wonder what exactly would be considered attempting to commit an act against nature?