Palau decriminalises homosexuality

Published: October 15, 2014

Human Dignity Trust

It is no longer a crime to be gay in the small Pacific island country of Palau.

The news from Palau means that the number of countries criminalising homosexuality has gone down from 81 to 80.

The Attorney General of Palau has confirmed that the country has decriminalised homosexuality by removing its sodomy laws.

Palau repealed its legal provisions that criminalised consensual same-sex sexual activity between gay men, introducing a new Penal Code with no such provisions, which was signed by the President in April 2014.

Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, said:

“We wholeheartedly welcome news from Palau that their new penal code does not make it a crime to be gay.

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