Same-sex laws in the rest of the world



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● There are 64 countries that have laws that criminalise homosexuality, nearly half of them in Africa. ● Many laws criminalising samesex relationships originate from colonial times. Of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 29 have such laws. ● In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is punishable by death. Unmarried couples are also not allowed to live together, but a recent court ruling allows foreign couples to stay together in a hotel room without having to produce a marriage certificate. ● There are 11 countries where homosexuality can be punished by death, but only about half of these are known to follow through with the penalty: Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Sources:, —,