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Nauru, one of the smallest countries in the world, decriminalizes gay sex

Nauru updates their laws from 1899, which also punished 'sorcery' with up to one year hard labor

Nauru, one of the smallest countries in the world, decriminalizes gay sex
Nauru decriminalizes homosexuality

One of the smallest countries in the world, Nauru, has decriminalized homosexuality.

Previously, the tiny island nation of just 9,000 people in the Central Pacific, has updated its antiquated criminal code to bring it up to international human rights standards.

Previously, those prosecuted of homosexuality could be jailed for up to 14 years.

The outdated criminal code, which dated back to 1899, was based on old Queensland laws. Other laws changed include decriminalizing suicide, outlawing slavery and forced child labor, and broadening the definition of rape to include in married couples.

The death penalty has been removed, as well as imprisonment with hard labor and solitary confinement. A law which punished those engaging in ‘witchcraft, sorcery or fortune telling’, which could lead to to one year of hard labor, was also removed.

Penalties for pedophilia have been increased.

Abortion remains illegal when not part of a ‘lawful medical procedure’.

While homosexuality is allowed now, there are no anti-discrimination laws or recognition of same-sex unions. Trans people also do not have a right to legally change their gender.

The Government of Nauru said the law changes, which include those promoting gender equality, reflected the nation’s ‘progressive leadership’


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