Gabon criminalized gay sex

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Gabon, officially the Gabonese Republic, is on the west coast of central Africa. A government official, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Openly that the change was made to the law in July but was not widely reported. So, we are stepping into the new decade having 70 countries where people are legally treated like criminals for loving someone of the same gender. In Gabon the punishment for having gay/lesbian sex will be a fine or imprisonment term up to 6 months. According to travel advice from the UK government, Gabon has “no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation” and as it remains a very conservative society. In this country people have never been open about sexuality, because even when it was legal, the society strongly disapproved it and there was a high rating of hate crimes on the basis of the victim’s sexual orientation. The global number of countries that criminalize gay sex dropped to 69 when it was made legal by Botswana in June this year, the lowest since records began. The High Court of Kenya also considered decriminalizing gay sex, but in March the court ruled to keep the law

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