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Seychelles to End Criminalization of Gays

The African island nation of the Seychelles says that it will take action to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

According LGBT Asylum News:

The Constitution of Seychelles makes provision for all persons to be free from discrimination on all grounds. Article 27 of the Constitution states that “Every person has a right to equal protection of the law including the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set out in this Charter without discrimination on any ground except as is necessary in a democratic society.” The one provision in the Penal Code for “sodomy” does not directly discriminate homosexuals as it is intended for penalizing the offence of sodomy as such. In any case this provision has never been applied against anyone.

The Government will decide as to when and to what extend the legislation could be
amended to better guarantee the Constitutional precept that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual persons are not to be discriminated in Seychelles.

Currently male homosexuality is illegal in the Seychelles, while female homosexuality is legally permissible. There is also presently no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Sandra Michel, a Secondary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles said that the sodomy law, which makes  male homosexuality illegal in that country is a legacy of British colonialism, will be repealed “soon.” She also said it is that countries intention to pass new laws outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Republic of Seychelles  is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. 82% of its population is Roman Catholic. One third of the workforce are employed in tourism.

The Seychelles government declared its intention to the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review, a process by which the human rights record of member states is scrutinized.

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  1. Anthony

    March 1, 2012 at 2:30 am

    This is wonderful news for such a small African Island nation. MY husband and I just celebrated our 4th anniversary yesterday, March 29th, which technically is our 1st anniversary. We actually spent our honeymoon in the Seychelles and it was incredible. Such a beautiful country!!