Friday, January 25, 2019

Progress in Angola

Angola has decriminalised homosexuality and passed an anti-discrimination law:

Angola's parliament has decriminalised homosexuality, removing a notorious "vices against nature" provision in its penal code and banning discrimination against sexual orientation, in a reform hailed by rights watchdogs.

On Wednesday, 155 parliamentarians voted for Angola's first overhaul of the criminal statute books since independence, while seven abstained and one voted against.

The "vices against nature" law was a Portuguese colonial relic which apparently had never been used. Still, its good to have it off the books. Their anti-discrimination law OTOH makes discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence punishable by up to two years imprisonment. I'm not sure if that's the right approach, but it definitely puts the shoe on the other foot.