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Sodomylaws

eine erklärung zum begriff "sodomy laws" von der website sodomylaws.org:
sodomie gesetze sind all die vielen gesetze die sexuelle ,auf beiderseitigem einverständnis beruhende,unkommerzielle, private beziehungen zwischen volljährigen menschen unter strafe stellt.

definition wikipedia:
A sodomy law is a law which makes certain sexual acts into sex crimes. The definition of sodomy ranges from anal sex to any sexual act that does not lead to procreation. This includeds anal sex, oral sex, and bestiality. Even though many of these laws target both heterosexual and homosexual acts, they are more often selectively enforced only against homosexuals. Henceforth, it is a common misunderstanding that sodomy laws are laws against homosexuality because the laws have been used so extensively in the prosecution of homosexual acts, when many of them prohibit some heterosexual acts as well.
Following Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England [1], the crime of sodomy has often been defined in the past only as the abominable and detestable crime against nature, or some variation of the phrase. This language led to widely varying rulings about what specific acts were encompassed by its prohibition.
While many other parts of the world have, or had, laws against Sodomy or other sexual practices, the term sodomy law has mainly been used when discussing the Sodomy laws of the United States which were struck down by the United States Supreme Court in 1998.

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AFGHANISTAN

Has a sodomy law, the punishment is execution, the methods are throwing the homosexual down from a high roof or hill or by burying them beside a wall which is then toppled on to them.


ALBANIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males, and 14 for lesbians and heterosexuals.


ALGERIA

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable with up to 3 years imprisonment and a fine between 1,000 and 10,000 Algerian dinars.


ANDORRA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.


ANGOLA

Homosexual acts are illegal, described as offenses against public morality.


ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males, and 16 for lesbians and heterosexuals.


ARGENTINA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.


ARMENIA

Has no sodomy laws.


ARUBA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all. Homosexual contacts with minors under the age of 16 is punishable with a penalty of up to 4 years imprisonment. Heterosexual contacts with minors under the age of 16 are only criminal under certain conditions.


AUSTRIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all. "Same Sex Lewdness" with persons under 18 Years: a man over 19 years of age who engages in same-sex lewdness with a person who has attained the age of 14 but not yet the age of 18 years can be punished with imprisonment from six months to five years.

AZERBAIJAN

Has no sodomy laws, for private non-commercial acts of intercourse between consenting adult males. Forcible sodomy is a crime under Article 150. Lesbian sex is not mentioned in the law.

BAHAMAS

Has no sodomy laws for sex in private, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexuals and 16 for heterosexuals. There is a law against sex in public, punishable with up to 20 years in prison. The public sex law clearly discriminates against homosexuals as it does not apply to heterosexuals who are found engaging in sexual activity in a public place.

BAHRAIN

Has a sodomy law, punishable with imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, with or without corporal punishment.

BANGLADESH

Has a sodomy law, punishable with deportation, fines, and/or up to 10 years to life imprisonment.

BARBADOS

Homosexual activity is illegal.

BELARUS

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for males, and between 14 and 18 for females, depending on their sexual maturity. Sexual activity with a person under 18 is punished with prison term of up to 8 years.

BELGIUM

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

BELIZE

Has no sodomy laws.

BENIN

Has a sodomy law.

BHUTAN

Male homosexual sex is forbidden by law, punishable with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

BOLIVIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 17. Sexual activity with someone under 17 is punishable with up to five years imprisonment.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Republika Srpska is the only remaining Federation with a sodomy law, punishing male homosexual activity with a penalty of up to 1 year imprisonment. The remainder of the nation has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

BOTSWANA

Male homosexual conduct is illegal punishable with up to 7 years imprisonment.

BRAZIL

Has no sodomy laws for non-military citizens, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all, military personnel who engage in gay sex can be sentenced to from six months to one year in prison.

BRUNEI

Has a sodomy law, with a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine of up to 30.000 Brunei dollars.

BULGARIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexuals and 14 for heterosexuals. The Bulgarian Penal Code prohibits "scandalous homosexuality", homosexuality in public, and activities which may "lead to perversion" (whatever that is supposed to mean), violation of these laws can be punished with 1-5 years imprisonment and/or "social disgrace"

BURKINA FASO

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 21 for homosexuals, and 13 for heterosexuals. Homosexual activity with someone under 21 is punishable with up to 3 years imprisonment.

BURMA (MYANMAR)

Has a sodomy law.

BURUNDI

Homosexuality is punishable as an "immoral act".

CAMBODIA (KAMPUCHEA)

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all. Sex with those 14 years or younger is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

CAMEROON

Has a sodomy law, punishable with a penalty of 6 months to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to CFA 200.000. If one of the persons involved is under the age of 21 the penalty is doubled.

CAPE VERDE

Has a sodomy law, punishment is a bail, surety for good behavior or freedom under supervision together with a 100% augmented bail for a second offence. Repeat offenders can be imprisoned.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Has no sodomy laws.

CHAD

Has no sodomy laws.

CHILE

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexuals, but the age is lower for heterosexuals. to rejection because their family unit was "significantly different" to the norm.

CHINA

Has no sodomy laws. Removed homosexuality from its official register of psychiatric disorders on 4-20-01. The third edition of the Chinese Standards for Classification and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders formally struck homosexuality from its list of diseases, although same-sex desires remains listed as a source of mental distress for those unhappy with their orientation.

COLOMBIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all.

COMOROS

Has no sodomy laws.

CONGO

Has no sodomy laws.

COOK ISLANDS

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 7 years in prison for sodomy, and 5 years in prison for indecent acts with males.

COSTA RICA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

CROATIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all.

CUBA

Has no sodomy laws for private sex, but Article 303a of the Penal Code punishes "publicly manifested" homosexuality with between three months and one year in prison, or a fine of 100 to 300 cuotas for people "persistently bothering others with homosexual amorous advances".

CYPRUS

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 17 for all. Any attempt to have sex with a person under 13 is punishable by up to 13 years in jail, while full intercourse can lead to life in prison. Intercourse with a person aged between 13 and 17 is punishable by up to 3 years in jail.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

DENMARK

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all, but it is an offence to "induce" a person under 18 to sexual acts "by gravely abusing superior age or experience"

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DJIBOUTI

Has a sodomy law.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for all. Public morality laws, however, are especially used against gay men. Article 330 Penal Code penalizes "every violation of decorum and good behavior on public streets" with up to 2 years imprisonment.

DUTCH ANTILLES

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16.

ECUADOR

Has no sodomy laws.

EGYPT

Egyptian law does not explicitly refer to homosexuality, but a wide range of laws covering obscenity and public morality are punishable by jail terms. Contempt of religion (falsely interpreting the Koran and exploiting Islam to promote deviant ideas), is punishable by up to five years in jail. Immoral behavior (debauchery offense), is punishable by up to a maximum sentence of three years in jail. The age of sexual consent is 18.

EL SALVADORE

Has no sodomy laws.

ERITREA

Has no sodomy laws.

ESTONIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all.

ETHIOPIA

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable with a penalty of 10 days to 3 years' "simple imprisonment". This penalty may be increased by 5 or more years when the offender "makes a profession of such activities", or exploits a dependency relation in order to excercise influence over the other person. The maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment can be applied when the offender uses violence, intimidation or coercion, trickery or fraud, or takes unfair advantage of the victim's inability to offer resistance. The maximum sentence can also be applied when the victim is subjected to acts of cruelty or sadism; when the offender transmits a venereal disease although fully aware of being infected with it; when an adult is charged with committing homosexual acts with persons under 15 years of age; or when distress, shame or despair drives the victim to committing suicide.

FALKLAND ISLANDS/MALVINAS

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males, and 16 for lesbians and heterosexuals.

FAROE ISLANDS
Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexuals and 15 for heterosexuals.
FIJI

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 14 years in prison, with or without corporal punishment.

FINLAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

FRANCE

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

FRENCH GUYANA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

FRENCH POLYNESIA (TAHITI)

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

GABON

Has no sodomy laws.

GEORGIA

Has a sodomy law for anal sex only, oral sex is legal, has no laws against lesbian sex.

GERMANY

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all. Sexual activity with a person over 14 and under 16 by a person over 18 exploiting a vulnerably placed minor or for payment can be punished with up to five years imprisonment, and sexual activity with a minor in the same age group by a person of over 21 if he or she takes advantage of the victims incapability of sexual self-determination can be punished with up to two years imprisonment

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GHANA

Homosexual acts between men can be punished under provisions concerning assault and rape. This will only happen when one of those involved makes a formal complaint or when it concerns an act with a minor.

GREECE

Homosexual activity is legal, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all. Acts of lewdness against nature between males which involve the abuse of a relationship of dependence created by employment, or which are committed by an adult seducing a person below the age of 17, or which are committed with the intention of profiteering, are punished with between 3 months to 5 years imprisonment.

GREENLAND

Has no sodomy laws.

GRENADA

Has a sodomy law

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GUADELOUPE

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

GUATEMALA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18.

GUINEA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with six months to three years of imprisonment and a fine of 100 000 to 1 000 000 Guinean francs. If the act was committed with a minor under 21 years of age, the maximum penalty must be pronounced. Any person that has committed a public indecency (public sex) will be punished by three months to two years of imprisonment and a fine of 50 000 to 450 000 Guinean francs or simply by one of these two punishments. When an indecent act (group sex) is committed by a group of individuals, the penalties will be doubled.

GUINEA-BISSAU

Has no sodomy laws.

GUYANA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to life in prison.

HAITI

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18.

HONDURAS

Has no sodomy laws.

HONG KONG

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 21 for homosexual males, and 16 for heterosexuals. The law regards lesbianism as non-existent. Therefore, the age of sexual consent does not apply to lesbians.

HUNGARY

Homosexual activity is legal, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all.

ICELAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all. There is a ban on "seduction" of 14 to 16 year-olds by "misleading, gifts, or other means", which applies equally to heterosexuals and homosexuals.

INDIA

Male homosexual sex is forbidden by law, punishable with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

INDONESIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of consent is 17 for heterosexuals, there are no laws regarding the age of homosexual consent.

IRAN

Homosexuality is illegal, those charged with love-making are given a choice of four deathstyles: being hanged, stoned, halved by a sword, or dropped from the highest perch. According to Article 152, if two men not related by blood are discovered naked under one cover without good reason, both will be punished at a judge's discretion. Gay teens (Article 144) are also punished at a judge's discretion. Rubbing one's penis between the thighs without penetration (tafheed) shall be punished by 100 lashes for each offender. This act, known to the English-speaking world as "frottage" is punishable by death if the "offender" is a non-Moslem. If frottage is thrice repeated and penalty-lashes have failed to stop such repetitions, upon the fourth "offense" both men will be put to death. According to Article 156, a person who repents and confesses his gay behavior prior to his identification by four witnesses, may be pardoned. Even kissing "with lust" (Article 155) is forbidden. This bizarre law works to eliminate old Persian male-bonding customs, including common kissing and holding hands in public.

IRAQ

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18. If a minor is between 15 and 18 years old and does not resist the sexual act, the adult may be punished with imprisonment of up to 7 years. If a minor is 14 years or below, the punishment is a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.

IRELAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 17 for homosexual males regarding anal and oral sex, 15 for lesbians, and for heterosexuals oral sex is legal at age 15.

ISRAEL

Homosexual activity is legal, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all. Also exempts consensual homosexual sex involving youths aged 14 and 15 from prosecution, as long as the age difference between the partners is no more than three years.

ITALY

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all.

IVORY COAST

Has no sodomy laws.

JAMAICA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 10 years imprisonment and hard labor. A penalty of up to 7 years imprisonment, with or without hard labour, is provided for anyone attempting to commit homosexual acts or an "indecent assault" on another male person.

JAPAN

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent for males ranges by local from age 13 to 17.

JORDAN

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all. Punishes sexual intercourse with persons under the age of 16 (male or female) with forced labour for three to five years, while the punishment for sex with a male or female under the age of 13 can receive no less than five years imprisonment.

KAZAKHSTAN

Has no sodomy laws.

KENYA

Homosexual activity is strictly forbidden, punishable with up to 14 years in prison.

KIRIBATI

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 14 years in prison

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KOSOVO

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males and 14 for lesbians and heterosexuals. Homosexual males who have sexual relations with another male under 18 can receive up to 1 year imprisonment.

KUWAIT

Has a sodomy law, punishes sexual intercourse between men over 21 years of age with imprisonment of up of to seven years, it punishes sexual intercourse with a male under 21 with imprisonment of up to 10 years.

KYRGYZSTAN

Has no sodomy laws.

LAOS

Has a sodomy law.

LATVIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all.

LEBANON

Has a sodomy law, punishable with imprisonment not exceeding one year.

LESOTHO

Has no sodomy laws.

LIBERIA

Has a sodomy law.

LIBYA

Homosexual activity is illegal, punished with 3 to 5 years imprisonment.

LIECHTENSTEIN

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all. However, sexual relations of a person over the age of 18 with a 14 or 15 year old person remain illegal if the older person takes unfair advantage of a situation of distress of the younger person or renders a remuneration.

LITHUANIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males and 16 for lesbians and heterosexuals. Homosexual males who have sexual relations with another male under 18 can receive up to 3 to 8 years imprisonment.

LUXEMBOURG

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

MACAU

Has no sodomy laws.

MACEDONIA

Has no sodomy laws.

MADAGASCAR

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 21.

MALAWI

Section 153 Penal Code, which prohibits "unnatural offences", and Section 156 concerning "public decency", are used to punish homosexual acts. It is reported that, in the past, Europeans who committed homosexual acts with Malawis were prosecuted under Article 156 and expelled as undesirable aliens.

MALAYSIA

Homosexual acts are illegal, punishable by lashing and a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Even cruising is illegal, punishable with up to 2 years in prison.

MALDIVES

Male homosexual sex is forbidden by law, punishable with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

MALI

Has a sodomy law.

MALTA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 12 for all. Relations with adolescents up to 18 years are only criminal if they are considered to "deprave" the minor.

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 10 years in prison.

MARTINIQUE

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

MAURITANIA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with death.

MAURITIUS

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 5 years in prison.

MEXICO

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18. Imprisonmentof 3 to 8 years applies to anyone "who facilitates or procures" the corruption of a minor under 18 years of age, education about sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases cannot be considered as corruption of minors.

MOLDOVA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for oral sex, and 18 for anal sex for all.

MONACO

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15, consent is considered not to be present between a minor (under 18) and a person in a position of authority.

MONGOLIA

Has a sodomy law. Section 113 of the Penal Code prohibiting "immoral gratification of sexual desires", can be used against homosexuals.

MONTENEGRO

Homosexual activity is legal, the age of consent is 14 for all.

MOROCCO

Homosexual activity is illegal, which provides a penalty of between 6 months and 3 years imprisonment and additional fines from 120 to 1200 dirhams for "lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex".

MOZAMBIQUE

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable with a penalty of up to 3 years imprisonment in a "re-education institution" where hard labour is used to alter the prisoners "aberrant behaviour".

NAMIBIA

Male homosexuality is illegal.

NAURU

Has a sodomy law.

NEPAL

Male homosexual sex is forbidden by law, punishable with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

NETHERLANDS

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all, sex between an adult and a young person between the ages of 12 and 16 is permitted by law, as long as the young person consents. It may only be prosecuted by complaint from the young person or the young personís parents. The question remains whether the public prosecutions department would proceed to prosecute if the young person themself had consented and their parents filed the complaint.

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all. Homosexual contacts with minors under the age of 16 is punished with a penalty of up to 4 years imprisonment. Heterosexual contacts with minors under the age of 16 are only criminal under certain conditions.

NEW CALEDONIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

NEW ZEALAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

NICARAGUA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 4 years in prison.

NIGER

Has no sodomy laws.

NIGERIA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 14 years in prison.

NIUE

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 10 years in prison.

NORWAY

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

OMAN

Has a sodomy law, punishable by up to 3 years in prison, but only acts arousing scandal lead to public prosecution.

PAKISTAN

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable with life in prison, and corporal punishment of 100 lashes, while Islamic law, which also can be enforced legally, calls for up to 100 lashes or death by stoning.

PANAMA

Has no sodomy laws.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Has a sodomy law, anal intercourse is punishable with imprisonment of up to 14 years, other homosexual relations between men are punishable with up to five years imprisonment. Lesbian relations are not criminal, the age of sexual consent is 16.

PARAGUAY

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 12 for all, but it can be punishable under certain circumstances when specific charges of "corruption of minors" and "offences against public morals" are introduced.

PERU

Has no sodomy laws.

PHILIPPINES

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 12 for all, but contacts with minors (under 18) are an offence, if the minor consents to the act for money, gain or any other remuneration or as the result of an influence of any adult person. The Islamic city of Marawi City bans overt homosexuals as well as skintight jeans and other skimpy attire from public places. Violations of the dress code or open display of homosexuality will be punished with the pouring of paint on the head by the "muttawa" or religious police.

POLAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all, but it is a general offence to induce another person to sexual acts by abusing a dependency or a situation of distress, punishable with up to five years imprisonment. Homosexual prostitution is legal.

PORTUGAL

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for homosexuals and 14 for heterosexuals. Homosexual relations with 14 and 15 year old adolescents is punishable with up to 2 years in jail.

PUERTO RICO

Has a sodomy law, punished with up to 10 years in prison. NOTE: Puerto Rico is a United States dependency.

QATAR

Has a sodomy law, punishes sodomy between consenting adults (irrespective of sex) with up to five years imprisonment.

REUNION

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

ROMANIA

Has no sodomy laws.

RUSSIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for oral sex, and 16 for anal sex. Sexual intercourse, muzhelozhstvo [anal intercourse between men], or lesbianism wittingly committed by a person over 18 on a person under 16 is punished by limitation of freedom up to 3 years or deprivation of freedom up to 4 years.

RWANDA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for all. Sexual relations with a person under the age of 18 are punished with a penalty of 2 months to 3 years imprisonment or a fine of up to 10.000 F.Rw.

SAINT LUCIA

Has a sodomy law.

SAMOA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 5 to 7 years in prison.

SAN MARINO

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all, it is an offence to "incite a minor under 18 years to sexual corruption".

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

Has no sodomy laws.
SAUDI ARABIA

Has a sodomy law, homosexual acts are subject to a maximum penalty of death. Sodomy is proved either by the culprit confessing four times or by the testimony of four trustworthy Muslim men. If there are less than four witnesses or one of them is not trustworthy, they are all to be punished with 80 lashes (a slave 40) for slander.

SENEGAL

Has a sodomy law, an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex will be punished by imprisonment of between one and five years and by a fine of 100,000 to 1,500,000 francs. If the act was committed with a person below the age of 21, the maximum penalty will always be applied.

SERBIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males and 14 for lesbians and heterosexuals. Indecent acts against nature with an under-aged male person over the age of 14, can be punished with imprisonment of up to 1 year.

SEYCHELLES

Has a sodomy law.

SIERRA LEONE

Has a sodomy law.

SINGAPORE

Male homosexual sex is illegal, and can be punished by life in prison, lesbian sex is legal in private.

SLOVAKIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all.

SLOVENIA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 14 for all. A person who has sexual intercourse or commits another sexual act with a person of different or same sex who is younger than 14 years shall be punished by imprisonment from six months to five years.

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Has a sodomy law, punished with 14 years imprisonment.

SOMALIA

Has a sodomy law, punished with imprisonment from 3 months to 3 years, and an act of lust different from sexual intercourse is punished with imprisonment from 2 months to 2 years.

SOUTH AFRICA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 19 for homosexuals, and 16 for heterosexuals. Homosexual sex with a person under 19 is punishable with imprisonment of up to six years with or without a fine of up to 12,000 rand.

SOUTH KOREA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 13 for all.

SPAIN

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 12 for all, but it bans seduction by deception until age 16.

SRI LANKA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 10 years in prison. No laws cover sex between women.

SUDAN

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable by 100 lashes or death.

SURINAME

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexuals, and 16 for heterosexuals. Homosexual acts with someone under the age of 18 is punishable with a penalty of up to 4 years imprisonment.

SWAZILAND

Has a sodomy law, punishable by imprisonment or a fine.

SWEDEN

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all. Allows foreign partners of its homosexual citizenry to receive residency permits.

SWITZERLAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all, and sex is legal between minors who are not more than 3 years apart in age.

SYRIA

Has a sodomy law, punishable by up to 3 years in prison.

TAIWAN

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

TAJIKISTAN

Has a sodomy law, which only specifically criminalizes "anal intercourse between men". Lesbian and non-penetrative homosexual sex between consenting adults is not explicitly mentioned in the law as being a criminal offense.

TANZANIA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 14 years imprisonment. On the island of Zanzibar male homosexual sex is illegal, punishable with up to 25 years in prison. Lesbian sex is also illegal, punishable with up to 7 years in prison. The male homosexual sex sentence is the same as that for murder.

THAILAND

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 15 for all. The age of consent for sex involving prostitution is 18.

TOGO

Homosexual acts are illegal and are often prosecuted as rape or assault, punishable with fines and up to 3 years imprisonment.

TOKELAU

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 10 years in prison. You can receive 5 years imprisonment for making a pass at another male.

TONGA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 10 years in prison.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 10 to 20 years in prison. It provides a penalty of up to life imprisonment if committed on a minor (under 18 years old). Under Article 8 of the Immigration Act, homosexuals are not allowed to enter the country.

TUNISIA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with imprisonment of up to 3 years for sodomy between consenting adults, entrapment is common.

TURKEY

Homosexual activity is legal, the age of sexual consent is 18 for vaginal and anal sex, and 16 for all other sex. Homosexuals are banned from the military, and homosexual officers and conscripts must serve prison sentences of 3 to 6 months, officers are discharged immediately following imprisonment. The southern town of Adana bans public male-male kissing, public male-female and female-female kissing are still permitted. Article 10 of the Law of Associations can be used to make gay organizations illegal.

TUVALU

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 14 years in prison. You can receive 7 years imprisonment for making a pass at another male.

UGANDA

Homosexual activity is illegal, criminalizes "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Section 141 prohibits "attempts at carnal knowledge" with a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment. Section 143 punishes acts of, procurement of, or attempts to procure acts of "gross indecency" betweem men in public or private with up to 5 years imprisonment. Prosecutions are rare.

UKRAINE

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 16 for all.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Has some sodomy laws, the Abu Zhabi Penal Code makes sodomy punishable with imprisonment of up to 14 years, the Penal Code of Dubai imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years on consensual sodomy.

URUGUAY

Has no sodomy laws.

UZBEKISTAN

Has a sodomy law, punishable with up to 3 years in prison for anal sex. Oral sex is legal. Lesbian sex is not mentioned in the law.

VANUATU/NEW HEBRIDES

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18.

VENEZUELA

Has no sodomy laws.

VIETNAM

Has no sodomy laws. Consensual sex with a person under 13 is punishable by death.

VOJVODINA

Has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for homosexual males and 14 for lesbians and heterosexuals. Homosexual activity with a male under 18 is punishable with 1 year imprisonment.

YEMEN

Homosexual activity is forbidden, punishable by death.

ZAIRE

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable with up to 5 years in prison.

ZAMBIA

Has a sodomy law, punishable with 14 years imprisonment.

ZIMBABWE

Homosexual activity is illegal, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.



[  quelle:World Legal Survey


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