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Homosexuality No Longer a Crime in Chad

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of December 14, 2016) On December 12, 2016, the deputies of the African state of Chad passed a bill that will consider homosexual acts as a minor offense in the future. The previous penal law of 1967 classified homosexuality as a crime, just like an earlier version of the new bill.

The lighter penalty for homosexual acts was accepted although many deputies wanted to uphold the classification as a crime based on the argument that homosexuality was an “immoral vice” condemned by all religions.

Webseite des Parlaments des Tschad

The parliament of Chad took the time to reclassify homosexuality as a petty offense – but the website still has to wait.

In the future, homosexual acts will only be punished by fines and possibly on probation, and no longer by imprisonment, as according to the penal law of 1967.

The minister of justice had campaigned for the lighter punishment because Chad has to adhere to previously signed international treaties.

An earlier version from 2014 of paragraph 361 of the penal code would have punished homosexual acts by fines of the equivalent of 76 to 760 EUR and imprisonment of 15 to 20 years. It took diplomatic pressure by international associations and foreign governments to convince the deputies of Chad to lighten the punishments foreseen in that version of the paragraph.

Frank-S / MensGo
Main source: RFI, December 13, 2016.
Initial source: Africanews.com, December 12, 2016.

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