Northern Cyprus to legalize gay sex

The government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is set to decrliminalize gay sex

Northern Cyprus to legalize gay sex
12 April 2013

Homosexuality is to be legalized in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), if the measures drawn by government are approved.

The new amendment, drawn up by the Prime Ministry’s European Union (EU) Coordination Centre, would repeal Articles 171, 172 and 173 of Chapter 154 of the TRNC Penal Code that prohibit male same-sex acts.

The EU has previously been putting pressure on the TRNC to legalize gay sex.

There are currently two legal challenges to these provisions pending before the TRNC Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) respectively.

In the unlikely event the legal measures will not be approved, the legal challenges are likely to eventually force the government of Northern Cyprus to legalize gay sex.

The local LGBTI organization, Queer Cyprus along with the UK’s The Human Dignity Trust, had lodged the case before the ECtHR on behalf of an anonymous applicant.

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