Island of Mauritius seeks the way to decriminalize gay sex

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The 2,040km2 island is famous for its palm-fringed white beaches and turquoise seas, which attract more than 1.4 million tourists each year. However, homosexuality is still a crime there, and people who have gay sex are risking to spend up to five years behind the bars. 29-year-old Najeeb Ahmad Fokeerbux of the Mauritian LGBT+ group Young Queer Alliance is one of the four plaintiffs challenging the anti-gay law, known as section 250, that was enacted hundreds years ago by the colonizers. Last year Mauritius was forced to cancel its annual Pride march due to death threats from anti-LGBT+ campaigners, some of whom quoted section 250. “We know that homophobia won’t end with the law being scrapped. But it’s a step in the right direction,” said one of the local LGBT activists.

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