Entry #793: Homosexual activity in United Arab Emirates

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RegionUnited Arab Emirates
IssueHomosexual activity
StatusIllegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Start DateDec 8, 1990
End DateApr 1, 1991
DescriptionThere are no known instances of imposition of the death penalty, or sentences to life in prison, according to the US Department of State, Amnesty and the ILGA. Prison sentences, fines, floggings, and deportation for foreign nationals, are known to have been consequences of suspected or established same-sex sexual conduct.
Sourceshttp://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl-nat.nsf/0/218e3da95ead1d44c12576b2003ab1ba/$FILE/Penal%20Code.pdf https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/world/middleeast/dubai-crimes-united-arab-emirates-jail.html https://www.thejournal.ie/same-sex-rights-across-the-world-4222149-Sep2018/ www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/22/judge-blocks-extradition-of-gay-british-man-to-uae-where-gays-can-face-death-penalty/ https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/10/one-photo-gay-man-drag-lands-death-row-abu-dhabi/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/islams-jihad-against-homosexuals-1465859170 https://www.mambaonline.com/2012/03/18/report-30-gays-arrested-at-dubai-party/ https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/08/1975s-lead-singer-kissed-man-stage-dubai-protest-anti-gay-laws https://2009-2017.state.gov/documents/organization/186665.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf https://www.queerty.com/gays-in-the-united-arab-emirates-face-flogging-hormone-injections-prison-20120914 https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/22/judge-blocks-extradition-of-gay-british-man-to-uae-where-gays-can-face-death-penalty/


Revision History (9)

Revision by tut. date correction

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Start DateDec 8, 1987Dec 8, 1990
End DateDec 1, 2019Apr 1, 1991

Revision by tut. not correct, especially after 2019

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End Date(NONE)Dec 1, 2019

Revision by danlev. Merging sources from deleted entry

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Sourceshttp://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl-nat.nsf/0/218e3da95ead1d44c12576b2003ab1ba/$FILE/Penal%20Code.pdfhttp://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl-nat.nsf/0/218e3da95ead1d44c12576b2003ab1ba/$FILE/Penal%20Code.pdf
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/world/middleeast/dubai-crimes-united-arab-emirates-jail.html
https://www.thejournal.ie/same-sex-rights-across-the-world-4222149-Sep2018/
www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/22/judge-blocks-extradition-of-gay-british-man-to-uae-where-gays-can-face-death-penalty/
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/10/one-photo-gay-man-drag-lands-death-row-abu-dhabi/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/islams-jihad-against-homosexuals-1465859170
https://www.mambaonline.com/2012/03/18/report-30-gays-arrested-at-dubai-party/
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/08/1975s-lead-singer-kissed-man-stage-dubai-protest-anti-gay-laws
https://2009-2017.state.gov/documents/organization/186665.pdf
https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf
https://www.queerty.com/gays-in-the-united-arab-emirates-face-flogging-hormone-injections-prison-20120914
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/22/judge-blocks-extradition-of-gay-british-man-to-uae-where-gays-can-face-death-penalty/
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http://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl-nat.nsf/0/218e3da95ead1d44c12576b2003ab1ba/$FILE/Penal%20Code.pdf http://www.icrc.org/applic/ihl/ihl-nat.nsf/0/218e3da95ead1d44c12576b2003ab1ba/$FILE/Penal%20Code.pdf https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/world/middleeast/dubai-crimes-united-arab-emirates-jail.html https://www.thejournal.ie/same-sex-rights-across-the-world-4222149-Sep2018/ www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/22/judge-blocks-extradition-of-gay-british-man-to-uae-where-gays-can-face-death-penalty/ https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/10/one-photo-gay-man-drag-lands-death-row-abu-dhabi/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/islams-jihad-against-homosexuals-1465859170 https://www.mambaonline.com/2012/03/18/report-30-gays-arrested-at-dubai-party/ https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/08/1975s-lead-singer-kissed-man-stage-dubai-protest-anti-gay-laws https://2009-2017.state.gov/documents/organization/186665.pdf https://ilga.org/downloads/ILGA_State_Sponsored_Homophobia_2019.pdf https://www.queerty.com/gays-in-the-united-arab-emirates-face-flogging-hormone-injections-prison-20120914 https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/22/judge-blocks-extradition-of-gay-british-man-to-uae-where-gays-can-face-death-penalty/
Reports (3)
  • Status is not correct "old info {{cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/11/world/middleeast/dubai-crimes-united-arab-emirates-jail.html|title=Holding Hands, Drinking Wine and Other Ways to Go to Jail in Dubai|newspaper=The New York Times|date=11 November 2017|last=Nordland|first=Rod}}{{cite news|url=https://www.thejournal.ie/same-sex-rights-across-the-world-4222149-Sep2018/|title=Homosexuality can still mean the death penalty in many countries|work=[[TheJournal.ie]]|date=9 September 2018}}{{cite news|newspaper=LGBT Nation|title=One photo of gay man in drag lands him on death row in Abu Dhabi|author=Dawn Ennis |date=5 October 2016|url=https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/10/one-photo-gay-man-drag-lands-death-row-abu-dhabi/}} involuntary medical and psychological treatments, chemical hormonal therapies, chemical castrations, detention for forced psychological treatments,, beatings, forced rectal examinations,{{citation |title=Together, apart: Organizing around Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Worldwide |date=2009 |publisher=Human Rights Watch |location=New York |isbn=978-1-56432-484-9 |url=https://www.refworld.org/docid/4a30b4f42.html|via=United Nations Refworld}}{{rp|479}} and torture.{{cite web|url=https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/07/12/dignity-debased/forced-anal-examinations-homosexuality-prosecutions|title=Dignity Debased: Forced Anal Examinations in Homosexuality Prosecutions|date=12 July 2016 |website=Human Rights Watch|language=en}}"
  • Status is not correct " LGBT activities are illegal in the UAE. Punishments (under sharia law) include death, life in prison, floggings, fines, deportation, chemical castration, forced psychological treatments, honor killings, beatings, forced anal examinations, forced hormone injections, and torture. Anti-gay attacks and vigilante executions happen all the time and police will turn a blind eye, join in on the violence, or be complicit. No businesses are LGBT friendly and police will not hesitate to arrest anyone accused of LGBT behavior."
  • Status is not correct "old flawed information"

Revision by JordanB3047

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
NoteMale homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, may not be mentioned, but maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act.There are no known instances of imposition of the death penalty, or sentences to life in prison, according to the US Department of State, Amnesty and the ILGA. Prison sentences, fines, floggings, and deportation for foreign nationals, are known to have been consequences of suspected or established same-sex sexual conduct.
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Male homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, may not be mentioned, but maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act. There are no known instances of imposition of the death penalty, or sentences to life in prison, according to the US Department of State, Amnesty and the ILGA. Prison sentences, fines, floggings, and deportation for foreign nationals, are known to have been consequences of suspected or established same-sex sexual conduct.
Reports (2)
  • Status is not correct "status with death castrations and other punishments is the correct status"
  • Status is not correct "Homosexuality illegal with death, life in prison, floggings, castrations, beatings, honor killings, vigilante executions, vigilante attacks, psychological treatments, fines, deportation"

Revision by CHR0LL0PH0BICCC

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (other penalty)Illegal (death penalty as punishment)

Revision by JordanB3047

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)Illegal (other penalty)
NoteArticle 354 means male homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, is not mentioned. It maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act.Male homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, may not be mentioned, but maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act.
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Article 354 means male homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, is not mentioned. It maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act. Male homosexuality is punishable by death. Female homosexuality on the other hand, may not be mentioned, but maybe covered under article 358 of the Penal Code which mentions indecent act.

Revision by Pizzaslices412653

Old Value New Value
ValueMale illegal, female uncertainIllegal (death penalty as punishment)

Revision by maddyksf

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)Male illegal, female uncertain
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Article 354 is about rape -- the use of coercion to have sex with a female or a male. It is not about homosexuality."

Revision by chae

Old Value (Original) New Value
ValueMale illegal, female uncertainIllegal (death penalty as punishment)
Reports (12)
  • Status is not correct "Article 354 is about punishment for rape (of women or men). "
  • Duplicate entry
  • Status is not correct "All sexual relations outside of heterosexual marriage are criminalized. Punishments may include jail time, floggings, death, fines, and deportation. Additionally, although not officially sanctioned by the Emirati government, chemical castration, forced psychological treatments, beatings, forced hormone injections, and torture have been tolerated. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates"
  • Status is not correct "Any sexual or romantic relashions outside the "norm" are illegal by Sharia law"
  • Status is not correct "both illegal up to death https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates"
  • Status is not correct "Male and female illegal "
  • Status is not correct "Punishable by up death, torture, jail, fines, whippings, deportations and chemical castrations. Vigilante executions and attacks are also common."
  • Status is not correct "punished with Imprisonment, [[Capital punishment in the United Arab Emirates|death penalty]], fines, chemical castrations, torture, beatings, floggings and deportation for foreigners"
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct "female is illegal aswell"
  • Status is not correct "Female homosexuality is also illegal"
  • Other "Female homosexuality is also illegal in UAE."

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