Mozambique Scraps Colonial-Era Homosexuality Ban
MOZAMBIQUE decriminalised homosexuality on Monday when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights in Africa.
The old code, dating back to 1886, targeted anyone “who habitually engages in vices against nature” – but no known prosecutions took place after Mozambique became independent in 1975.
Breaking the law was theoretically punishable by up to three years of hard labour.
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