10 Most Homophobic Countries In The World

10 Most Homophobic Countries in the World 10 India There are 2

5million gay people recorded in India, but many go unaccounted for as they hide their sexuality in fear of discrimination Homosexuality was made legal in 2009, but this law was reversed just four years later, and now comes with a jail sentence that can extend to life Despite this discrimination and harsh punishment, India legally recognizes the transgender group known as Hijras [Heej-rahs], making it one of the only countries in the world to recognize a third gender Source: Washington Post 9 Russia In Russia LGBT people face severe discrimination and in 2013 a law was passed to prohibit any form of homosexual propaganda

The law bans public demonstrations, LGBT rights groups, and any form of entertainment with a homosexual storyline or character 88% of citizens are said to support the ban, along with anti-gay Russian activist Yelena Mizulina [Yel-ay-na Miz-ul-na], who stated that homosexuality is a ‘phenomenon threatening not only Russia, but humanity as a whole, with extinction’ Source: Telegraph 8 Cameroon In Cameroon citizens face five years in prison if convicted of any kind of homosexual relations In 2011 a mere text sent by Cameroonian Roger Mbede [Um-bed-ay] to another man saying ‘I am very much in love with you’ landed him in prison for 15 months

In 2013 Eric Lembembe [Luh-bem-bay], an outspoken LBGT rights activist, was killed in his own bedroom He had been tortured, with his neck and feet broken and his body burned with an iron Source: Guardian 7 Jamaica In 2006 Time Magazine named Jamaica the most homophobic country in the world Men convicted of having gay sex face up to ten years in prison with hard labor, although it is the day-to-day violence against LGBT people that is most shocking

In 2004 Jamaican gay rights activist Brian Williamson was stabbed to death in a merciless hate crime Shortly after the murder, a small crowd formed outside his house in celebration, singing ‘Boom Bye Bye’, a well-known Jamaican song that encourages shooting and burning gay men Source: BBC 6 Nigeria In 2013 researchers from American think tank Pew Research Center asked 38,000 people in 39 countries whether homosexuality should be accepted by society Nigeria scored the lowest, with 98% of those questioned answering ‘no’

For over 100 years all homosexual activity has been criminalized and is currently punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment Recently, 20-year-old convicted homosexual Mubarak Ibrahim [Moo-ba-rack Ib-ra-heem] received 20 lashes in front of a packed courtroom of spectators for alleged homosexual offences almost a decade earlier In the North of the country homosexuals live under the threat of capital punishment, as Sharia law states that those convicted of homosexuality should be stoned to death Source: Pew Research Center 5 Malaysia In Malaysia it is legal for two women to have sex with each other, but a crime for two men, who can face up to 20 years in prison if convicted

The promotion of homosexuality is widely suppressed by the government, who deport any visiting diplomat who is gay and prohibit any homosexuals from joining the navy In 2010 The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia announced that homosexual characters would only be depicted if, by the end of the film, they either repented for being gay, or died Source: The Huffington Post 4 Iran Gay men in Iran often pay the ultimate price for their sexuality and are executed by hanging Since 1979 it is estimated that between 4,000 to 6,000 gay men have been executed

Lesbian activity is punished less heavily, but women are still subjected to 50 lashes Thanks to the 1987 law that legalizes sex changes, parents of gay children routinely force their children to undergo unwanted hormone treatment, chemical castration, and sexual reassignment surgery to make them appear heterosexual Source: BBC 3 Uganda Activists estimate that the Ugandan gay community consists of approximately 500,000 people, all of who are under the threat of life imprisonment by governmental law In 2010 several homosexuals’ lives were put at risk when a Ugandan tabloid newspaper published their photos and home addresses under the headline ‘Hang Them’

Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato [kay-toe] was one of them, and a few months after the article was published, he was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in his home Source: Guardian 2 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia operates under strict Sharia law, and any married man convicted of homosexual activity is stoned to death Typical punishments for unmarried men include 100 blows of the whip, castration, and banishment from the country In 2014 a 24-year-old man was caught arranging dates with men over Twitter

The man was arrested after members of the religious police posed as potential suitors online and arranged to meet him for a date He was sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes Source: Independent 1 Afghanistan Homosexuality is completely shunned in Afghanistan, and punishment is often a sentence to death It is so condemned in society that it is legal for parents to kill a homosexual or cross dressing child to remove shame on the family

Despite this, according to Abdulkhabir Uchqun, [ab-dul-ka-beer oo-coon], an MP from northern Afghanistan, a cultural practice called Bacha Bazi is on the increase, which sees young boys dressed up in women’s clothes and sexually abused for the entertainment of older men Source: BBC, Hagar International

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