LGBT rights in Mali
|LGBT rights in Mali|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Not specifically prohibited, but public morals laws may be used|
|No recognition of same-sex couples|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Mali may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Neither male or female same-sex sexual activity is specifically prohibited in Mali, but public laws may be used against LGBT persons. According to the 2007 Pew Global Attitudes Project, a strong 98% of Mali residents said that homosexuality should be rejected by society, making it the highest rejection of homosexuality in the 44 countries surveyed.
Laws against homosexuality
There are no laws against homosexuality. Homosexual behaviour is not mentioned as a criminal offence in the penal code. Same-sex sexual activity is hence legal. However in a case in 1999 two lesbians where punished under the guise of violating Public Morals. There exist only Public Indecency in Sexual Offence article. (Three months to two years in prison and a fine )
Recognition of same-sex relationships
There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples.
- Behind The Mask â€“ South African LGBT media site: Mali. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
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