Reports coming from the southern African nation of Angola says the country has decriminalized all forms of same-sex activities.
Human Rights Watch says the changes came on Wednesday, January 23 after Angola’s parliament adopted the first penal code since independence from Portugal in 1975, removing the “vices against nature” provision in its law, which was inherited from its Portuguese colonizers.
The move is the latest reform under the administration of Angola’s President, Joao Lourenco, who was a former defence minister and took office in 2017 following the exit of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Also, the government has also proscribed the discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and will hand a two years jail term to anyone who refuses to employ or provide services to individuals based on their sexual orientation.
Human Rights Watch notes that Angola’s only gay rights lobbying organization, Iris Angola, was granted legal status last year after four years of operation.
Sixty-nine countries still criminalize same-sex conduct, the global rights group says.