Entry #5463: Homosexual activity in Qatar

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RegionQatar
IssueHomosexual activity
StatusMale illegal, female legal
Start DateJan 1, 1915
End DateSep 7, 2018
Description1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending. People are demanding that homosexuality be decriminalized by 2022. George Michael preformed Openly at a concert in Qatar in 2008.
Sourceshttps://76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/ https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/03/qatar-censorship-ignores-rights-fifa-rules https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/03/qatar-censorship-ignores-rights-fifa-rules
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  • Status is not correct "Status should be either 'male illegal, female uncertain' or 'illegal (imprisonment as punishment). The law reads as follows: Whoever commits the following offences shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of no less than one year and no more than three years: 1- Grooms a female to commit adultery; 2- Instigates, induces, seduces a female in any way to commit adultery or to frequent a brothel in order to commit debauchery whether inside or outside the country; 3- Leading, instigating or seducing a male by in any way to commit sodomy or dissipation; 4- Inducing or seducing a male or a female in any way to commit illegal or immoral actions; 5- Bringing, exposing or accepting a male or a female for the purpose of sexual exploitation. This is article 296 of the penal code. http://www.almeezan.qa/LawArticles.aspx?LawArticleID=889&LawId=26&language=en Based on this, it is clear that male homosexual activity is illegal and punishable with one to three years in prison. It is not as explicit what the law is on female homosexual activity, but the clause banning 'illegal or immoral actions' would probably cover this as well. It is true that there is no record of the law being enforced since the 1990s, but that does not mean that it has not been. In recent months, Human Rights Watch has called for the law to be repealed prior to the world cup in 2022, but so far there has been no communication from the government that it has any intention of changing the law. "


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End Date2018-08-242018-09-07
Note1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. People are demanding that homosexuality be decriminalized by 2022. George Michael preformed Openly at a concert in Qatar in 2008.1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. Decriminalization pending. People are demanding that homosexuality be decriminalized by 2022. George Michael preformed Openly at a concert in Qatar in 2008.

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End Date2018-08-092018-08-24

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Sourceshttps://76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/ https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/03/qatar-censorship-ignores-rights-fifa-ruleshttps://76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/ https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/03/qatar-censorship-ignores-rights-fifa-rules https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/03/qatar-censorship-ignores-rights-fifa-rules

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End Date2018-07-302018-08-09
Sourceshttps://76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/https://76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/ https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/03/qatar-censorship-ignores-rights-fifa-rules

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End Date2018-07-192018-07-30
Note1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. People are demanding that homosexuality be decriminalized by 2022.1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. People are demanding that homosexuality be decriminalized by 2022. George Michael preformed Openly at a concert in Qatar in 2008.

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End Date2018-07-092018-07-19

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Note1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. People are demanding that homosexuality is decriminalized by 2022.1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. People are demanding that homosexuality be decriminalized by 2022.

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End Date2018-06-152018-07-09

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End Date2018-06-042018-06-15

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End Date2018-05-032018-06-04

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End Date2018-03-202018-05-03

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Note1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced.1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced. People are demanding that homosexuality is decriminalized by 2022.

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End Date2018-03-022018-03-20
Note1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy.1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy. Not enforced.

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End Date2018-02-262018-03-02

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End Date2018-02-122018-02-26
Sourceshttps://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/201801world_report_web.pdfhttps://76crimes.com/76-countries-where-homosexuality-is-illegal/

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End Date2017-09-122018-02-12
Note7 years in prison.1-3 years in prison under crime of sodamy.
Sourceshttps://lgbt-rights-hrw.silk.co/https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/201801world_report_web.pdf

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ValueIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)Male illegal, female legal
End Date2017-09-062017-09-12
Note7 years in prison; death penalty.7 years in prison.

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End Date2017-09-012017-09-06
Note7 years in prison or might get death penalty.7 years in prison; death penalty.
SourcesNohttps://lgbt-rights-hrw.silk.co/

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End Date2017-08-102017-09-01

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Note7 years in prison.7 years in prison or might get death penalty.

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End Date2017-03-192017-08-10
Note1 to 3 years in prison; death penalty.7 years in prison.
Sourceshttps://lgbt-rights-hrw.silk.co/No

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End Date2017-08-102017-03-19
Note7 years in prison.1 to 3 years in prison; death penalty.
SourcesNohttps://lgbt-rights-hrw.silk.co/

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End Date2017-03-072017-08-10
Notefines and up to 7 years in prison.7 years in prison.

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ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)

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End Date2017-02-122017-03-07
NoteOne to three years in prison; death penalty under sharia law.fines and up to 7 years in prison.
Sourceshttps://lgbt-rights-hrw.silk.co/No

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