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Mozambique decriminalizes homosexuality

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 08 July 2015) The new Criminal Code of Mozambique entered into force on June 29, 2015 excludes any lawsuit against homosexuals because of their sexual orientation. The text was initialed in December 2014 by Armando Guebuza while still presided over Mozambique.

Below, a video message calling for the official recognition of the LGBT organization Mozambican Lambda:

The penal code inherited from the colonial era (1886) provided for up to three years of forced labor against people practicing in a usual manner "acts against nature".This provision was no longer applied since Mozambique's independence in 1975.

Mozambique is one of the few African countries where homophobic violence are rare.But homosexuality is not specifically accepted either. Thus the Mozambican LGBT organization Lambda , created in 2006, she asked in vain since 2008 to obtain official recognition by the State.

Mozambique remains more tolerant of homosexuality than the neighboring countries - especially Zambia and Zimbabwe - and that two-thirds of the 54 African countries where homosexuality is illegal.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via all the press on 29 June 2015, including Ouest-France and The World Africa )

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