Mozambique decriminalizes homosexuality


Maputo: In its new penal code, Mozambique has decriminalized homosexuality, making it one of the few African countries to make same-sex relationship legal. The revised code was enforced from Wednesday a move which drops a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature”.

Rights activists have said this change is a symbolic victory although there were no prosecutions under that clause but It comes as other African countries have moved to tighten anti-gay laws.

In Nigeria, a law that came into force last year banned same-sex public displays of affection and introduced a possible 14-year prison sentence for gay sex.

A recent study also revealed that 87% Nigerians supported a ban on same-sex relations.