LGBT rights in Qatar

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LGBT rights in Qatar Qatar
Qatar
Qatar
Same-sex sexual activity legal?Illegal
Penalty:
Up to 5 years
Gender identity/expression
Family rights
 
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LGBT rights in Qatar Qatar
Qatar
Qatar
Same-sex sexual activity legal?Illegal
Penalty:
Up to 5 years
Gender identity/expression
Family rights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) living in Qatar are likely to face certain unique legal and social challenges. In accordance with traditional Islam, homosexual acts are forbidden and there is no legal recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnership benefits.

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Constitutional Law

The Constitution of 2003 establishes Islam as the official religion. Sharia law shall be the main source of all legislation.[1] No specific court cases have arisen that deal with LGBT rights.

Privacy Rights

Article 201 of the (Cancelled) 1971 Penal Code punishes sodomy between consenting adults (irrespective of sex) with up to five years imprisonment. Since the 1990s, there have been several reports of this law being enforced against non-citizens.[2]

Article 296 of the new "in force" penal code( Law 11/2004 )[3] stipulate imprisonment between 1 and 5 years for sodomy.

In 1995 an American citizen visiting Qatar was sentenced to six months in prison and 90 lashes, for homosexual activity.[4] In the 1990s, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration informed Philippine workers that gay workers were prohibited in Qatar. This was in response to several mass arrests and deportations of Philippine workers in Qatar, for homosexuality.[5]

In 2002, protests arose concerning the new Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Human rights critics expressed concern that LGBT medical students might face trouble with the law for their sexual orientation.[6]

Qatar's record on LGBT rights became a source of debate again, with gay rights groups criticizing FIFA for choosing to host the event in a country where homosexuality is illegal.[7] Richard de Mos, a member of the Dutch Parliament for the Freedom Party (PVV), has proposed that the Dutch football team play in pink, instead of the country's national colour, orange, to protest the gay rights situation in Qatar. [8]

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