Cyprus: Victory Over Anti-Sodomy Law

On April 22, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the landmark case Modinos v. Cyprus that Cyprus' anti-sodomy law violates an individual's right to privacy as guaranteed under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This 8-1 decision, which marks the third instance in which the European Court has ruled against a member state's laws criminalizing homosexuality, obliges Cyprus to amend the sections of its criminal code (Sections 171 and 173) which presently criminalize homosexual relations. The Liberation Movement of Homosexuals in Cyprus, lead by Alecos Modinos, is currently dialoguing with the Cypriot government regarding compliance with the ruling. The governments actions will be monitored at this point and further action may be necessary in the future.