Democratic Republic of Congo
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Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?
Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?
Legal Gender Recognition Possible?
LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?
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Although same-sex relations are not criminalized in the Republic of Congo, there are also no laws explicitly protecting LGBTIQ people. The age of consent is higher for same-sex relations than for the opposite sex. The anti-LGBTIQ sentiment is pervasive in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Article 176 of the country’s penal code, which criminalizes activities deemed as an offense to public decency, has been employed to foster social stigmatization, harassment and discrimination of LGBTIQ people. Due to these human rights violations, LGBTIQ people often remain in the closet. In this strongly conservative and religious country, LGBTIQ issues remain taboo, making it difficult for LGBTIQ people to have their voices heard or human rights restored. Organizations working on LGBTIQ issues are recognized and can register primarily through their work on HIV concerns. However, a lack of social protection for LGBTIQ persons, activists and organizations still exists, and widespread discrimination and harassment still occur against LGBTIQ people.
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