LGBT rights in Niger

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LGBT rights in Niger
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Public morals laws may apply
Gender identity/expression –

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Niger face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity can be cause for prosecution, and is taboo within most Nigerien cultures.[1] Homosexual foreign visitors and urban Nigeriens are tolerated if discreet.[2] While there are some small homosexual support groups, there has never been an organised rights movement in Niger.[3]

Laws against homosexuality

Homosexuality is not specifically forbidden in Niger but a punishment is covered under laws which prosecute those who "offend the public moral" according to Articles 275-279, or engage in sexual intercourse with minors under the age of consent, which is set at 21 years of age (Article 282). An imprisonment of 6 months to 3 years and a fine of between 10,000 and 100,000 CFA-franc is possible for offenders.[4]

Recognition of same-sex relationships

The government of Niger does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Discrimination protections

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

See also


  1. Geels, Jolijn (2006). Niger. Chalfont St Peter, Bucks / Guilford, CT: Bradt UK / Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 9781841621524. 
  2. UK government travel advice for Niger: Local laws and customs 29 January 2009. Accessed 2009-04-20.
  3. Niger: The treatment of homosexuals in Niger; how homosexuals are perceived by the authorities and society. Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa, Canada. 2003.
  4. Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1217. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.


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