LGBT rights in Mauritania

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LGBT rights in Mauritania
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal: Islamic Sharia law applied
Death penalty
Capital punishment; though no recent executions in last 15 years.
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
No recognition of same-sex relationships
Discrimination protections None

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Mauritania face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Mauritania.

Laws against homosexuality

The Shari'a law applies in Mauritania. According to the penal code from 1983, part II chapter 1, section 4, Article 308 states any adult Muslim caught engaging in an "unnatural act" with a member of the same sex is punishable with the death sentence by public stoning.[1]

See also


  1. Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1217. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.


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