Believe it or not, people are still being arrested for being gay, even now, in 2019!
The list we are featuring today includes countries in which these are very old laws, and the laws in some countries are enforced more strictly than others. And, to add to that, in most of the countries on the list there is still a growing gay community that fights for their equal rights every day, and this is NOT a request to stop visiting these places. All of the statistics in the list are from Human Rights Watch, and it serves just as a reminder where there are laws against homosexuality.
Two months to 2 years in prison and a fine of between 500 and 2,000 Algerian dinars (US$5 to $20).
SENTENCE: Life in prison.
8. Cook Islands
SENTENCE: Five to 7 years in prison.
SENTENCE: Three months to 3 years in prison. May be placed in “special reformatory” upon completion of prison sentence. Fine between 25 LE and 300 LE (US$3 and $40).
SENTENCE: Ten years in prison and hard labor.
SENTENCE: Up to 7 years in prison.
SENTENCE: 6 months to 8 years in prison, up to 100 lashes for “unlawful intercourse.”
SENTENCE: Six months to 3 years in prison; fines of between 120 and 1,000 dirhams (US$10 to $110).
SENTENCE: Up to two years in prison.
1. United Arab Emirates
SENTENCE: Up to one year in prison and a fine of up to 10,000 dirhams