LGBT rights in Burundi

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LGBT rights in Burundi
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Criminalized in 2009
3 months to 2 years prison, fine
Recognition of
Constitution bans same-sex marriage[1]

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons in Burundi face legal issues not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. The lower house of Burundi's parliament passed legislation criminalizing homosexual acts in November 2008.[2] The Senate of Burundi later rejected the proposed amendment,[3] but the assembly, which can override the senate, voted to restore the amendment which was then signed into law by President Pierre Nkurunziza on April 22, 2009.[4]

Laws against homosexuality

Both female and male homosexual acts were previously legal in Burundi.[5] The November 2008 legislation passed by the National Assembly of Burundi criminalizes homosexual acts.


Under the law, homosexuality carries a penalty of three months to two years imprisonment and a fine of 50,000-100,000 Burundian Francs.[2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples.[5] Constitution bans same-sex marriage.[1]

Discrimination protections

There is no protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation.[5]

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