LGBT rights in Niger
|LGBT rights in Niger|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Public morals laws may apply|
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. Homosexual foreign visitors and urban Nigeriens are tolerated if discreet. While there are some small homosexual support groups, there has never been an organised rights movement in Niger.
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.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
The government of Niger does not recognize same-sex marriages.
- Behind The Mask â€“ South African LGBT media site: Niger. Retrieved 2008-02-27.
- Geels, Jolijn (2006). Niger. Chalfont St Peter, Bucks / Guilford, CT: Bradt UK / Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 9781841621524.
- UK government travel advice for Niger: Local laws and customs 29 January 2009. Accessed 2009-04-20.
- 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.
- Spartacus International Gay Guide, page 1217. Bruno Gmunder Verlag, 2007.
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