Mozambique has decriminalised homosexuality, revising the penal code left over from the colonial era of the Portuguese. The revision came into force on Wednesday July 1, 2015. In the sat, No one has ever been prosecuted under the old law however the BBC reported that rights activists in Mozambique viewed the decriminalisation as a symbolic win.
Vukasin Petrovic, the director of the Africa programmes at Freedom House, issued a statement on June 29 in response to Mozambique’s decriminalisation of homosexuality, “as more countries in sub-Saharan Africa seek to criminalise and prosecute the LGBTIQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer] community, it is significant that Mozambique is taking steps to recognise the rights of all citizens. Freedom House calls on the Governemnt of Moazqmbique to follow up this admirable step with a clear commitment to protect the rights of the LGBTI community in Mozambique including legislation against discrimination”.
Mozambique is one of the very few African countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Freedom House reports that 35 African countries still criminalise homosexuality.