Entry #1695: LGBT discrimination in Timor-Leste

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IssueLGBT discrimination
StatusIllegal in some contexts
Start DateMar 18, 2009
End Datenow
DescriptionWithin the penal code, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (and discrimination in general) is treated as an aggravating circumstances.
Sourceshttp://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/laws/en/tl/tl006en.pdf http://timor-leste.gov.tl/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Constitution_RDTL_ENG.pdf
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "The law makes no reference to consensual same-sex sexual relations. Gay men and lesbians were not highly visible in the country, although there were some openly gay public personalities. There were no formal reports of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, due in part to limited awareness of the issue and a lack of formal legal protections."

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