LGBT rights in the Maldives

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LGBT rights in Maldives Maldives
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Illegal[1]
Up to death.[1] Shariah law applies. Whippings, house arrest, deportation, and up to 6 years in jail. Vigilante attacks and executions occur.
Gender identity/expression illegal
Family rights

Same-sex relationships are illegal in the Maldives under Sharia law, though not under national law. In addition, the Maldives was one of the initially 57 (now 54) signatory nations to a statement opposing the UN declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity which was introduced for the General Assembly in 2008 originally and remains open for signature. The country further opposed a landmark LGBT rights resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council, proposed by the Republic of South Africa and backed by most developed countries which passed in 2011.

In April 2013 the first openly gay and secular blogger in the Maldives, Hilath Rasheed was attacked.[2]

Recognition of same-sex relationships[edit]

The Maldives does not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.

Discrimination protections[edit]

There is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Summary table[edit]

Same-sex sexual activity legal No (Penalty: Whippings or banishement up to 1 year)
Equal age of consent No
Anti-discrimination laws in employment only No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Recognition of same-sex couples (e.g. Civil Partnerships) No
Adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays allowed to serve in the military No
Right to change legal gender No
Access to IVF for lesbians No
MSMs allowed to donate blood No

See also[edit]