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Mozambique Scraps Colonial-Era Homosexuality Ban

New Zimbabwe   in  ·
June 29, 2015

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.

Photo Credit Edson Chilundo/Flickr

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