• Home
  • Hrapf News
  • Angola outlaws same sex sexual conduct and criminalises discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Angola outlaws same sex sexual conduct and criminalises discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

On 23rd January 2019, the Parliament of Angola adopted a new Penal Code, outlawing the criminalisation of consensual same sex sexual conduct. The ‘vices against nature’ provision which is an equivalent of section 145 of Uganda’s Penal Code Act has been on Angola’s law books since it gained independence  from Portugal in 1975. This legislative decision has been accompanied by the initiative of making discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation a crime that is punishable up to 2 years’ imprisonment. It was welcomed by Iris, the only LGBT rights group in Angola, which cited it as instrumental in advancing rights of LGBT persons in the country. The decriminalisation of same sex relations by Angola’s parliament is in spite of the rising tide of the bold expression of anti-gay sentiments by African legislators, which was evident at the 139th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, where the LGBT agenda was banned from discussion, in a move that was led by Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. It also comes in the run up to court rulings in Kenya and Botswana on the decriminalisation of consensual same sex relations.