LGBT rights in Djibouti

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LGBT rights in Djibouti
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal[1]
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Laws against homosexuality

The laws regarding homosexuality in Djibouti are vague and can sometimes be confusing, but it is generally understood that homosexuality is de facto illegal.[2]

Most people interpret the Constitution of Djibouti as decriminalizing homosexuality, but the government tends to adhere to Islamic law more than constitutional law, rendering homosexuality illegal.

Living conditions

Because of a largely homophobic Muslim majority, homosexuals are not able to have much in way of a social life. If homosexuals in Djibouti wish to pursue their orientation, they must do it in secret, to avoid oppression from the government, or people in general.[3]

See also


  1. Ottosson, Daniel (May 2008). State-sponsored Homophobia: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults Page 13. International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA). Retrieved on 2009-05-05.
  2. UNHCR - Refworld Redirect
  3. illiberal attitudes

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