LGBT Rights in Vaavu Administrative Atoll

Vaavu is governed by federal Maldives law. Learn more
    Homosexuality
    ✖ Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    Unknown
    Military
    ✖ Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
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History

Homosexual activity in Vaavu

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Homosexual activity in Vaavu is illegal (imprisonment as punishment).

Current status
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
Penalty from 100 lashes up to 8 years in prison (not enforced towards Travellers or Non Muslims)
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Mar 6, 2017–Sep 9, 2018
Illegal (imprisonment as punishment)
1 to 9 years in prison and 10 to 30 whipping. Not enforced.

Same-sex marriage in Vaavu

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Same-sex marriage in Vaavu is banned.

Current status
Banned
Section 410 (a) (8) of Maldives penal code states: “A person commits an offense if two persons of the same sex enter into a marriage.”
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Vaavu

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Vaavu is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Maldives, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Vaavu

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Right to change legal gender in Vaavu is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
No laws in place to legally change one's gender.
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Gender-affirming care in Vaavu

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Gender-affirming care in Vaavu is legal.

Current status
Since 2000
Legal
In 2000, Maldives adopted the ICD-10 classification, which contains codes for diagnosing transsexualism in adulthood and childhood, which authorize the initiation of medical transition.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Vaavu

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Vaavu is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
No legal recognition.
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LGBT discrimination in Vaavu

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LGBT discrimination in Vaavu is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 6, 2017
No protections
As well as heavy social attitudes towards lgbt.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Vaavu

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LGBT employment discrimination in Vaavu is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 6, 2017
No protections
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LGBT housing discrimination in Vaavu

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LGBT housing discrimination in Vaavu is no protections.

Current status
Since Mar 6, 2017
No protections
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Same-sex adoption in Vaavu

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Same-sex adoption in Vaavu is single only.

Current status
Single only
Homosexuality is illegal. No laws outlawing adoption.
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Intersex infant surgery in Vaavu

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Intersex infant surgery in Vaavu is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Serving openly in military in Vaavu

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Serving openly in military in Vaavu is don't ask, don't tell.

Current status
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Impossible to serve openly but there is no law criminalizing lgbt serving.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Vaavu

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Blood donations by MSMs in Vaavu is legal.

Current status
Legal
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Conversion therapy in Vaavu

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Conversion therapy in Vaavu is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
According to the ILGA World, there's no ban on conversion therapy in Maldives.
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Equal age of consent in Vaavu

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Equal age of consent in Vaavu is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Homosexuality is illegal there.
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