LGBT rights in Somalia fall under the scope of Somalia's federal laws. As such, homosexuality is illegal in the country and is punishable by imprisonment.[1]


Under Article 409 of the Somali Penal Code, introduced in 1973, sexual intercourse with a person of the same sex is punishable by imprisonment from three months to three years. An "act of lust" other than sexual intercourse is punishable by a prison term of two months to two years. Under Article 410 of the Somali Penal Code, an additional security measure may accompany sentences for homosexual acts, usually coming in the form of police surveillance to prevent re-offending.[2]


Family planning services are hard to access as is fact based information on human sexuality. Humanitarian workers have stated that Islamic social mores often make it difficult to publicly talk about how the virus can be spread.[3]

Since 1999, much of the AIDS/HIV education and care has come from international organizations such as United Nations.[4]

Despite the apparent lack of information regarding HIV/AIDS, only 0.5% of the population has been infected by the virus.[5]

LGBT organizationsEdit

In 2004, one group reportedly existed for LGBT people in Somalia.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. The Politics of Homosexuality in Africa
  2. Somalia Country Assessment - April 2002

External linksEdit

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