The judicial system in Qatar is based on the Shari'a, homosexual acts are punished with up to 5 years imprisonment.[1]

Criminal Code Edit

Article 201 of the 1971 Penal Code punishes sodomy between consenting adults (irrespective of sex) with up to five years imprisonment. As is the case with other "moderate" Muslim nations in the Middle East, enforcement of the law is sporadic and foreigners are often simple deported or given the option to leave, although since the 1990s there are reports that suggest that a crackdown on the law might be taking place [2].

In the 1990s, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration informed Philippine workers that, "Gay workers banned in Qatar." This was in response to several mass arrests and deportations of Philippine workers in Qater, for homosexuality [3].

In 2002, protests arose concerning the new Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Critics expressed concern that LGBT medical students might face trouble with the law for their sexual orientation [4].

In 2005, allegations arose that the Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani had been at a London gay night, with his boyfriend, and that the two men had been kicked out of the club for fighting. Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Islamic scholar in Qatar, stated that then twenty-five year old prince should be, "stoned to death" [5]. The allegations were first published by Al Jazeera News.


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  1. [1] Retrieved on August 28, 2007.

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