Republic of the Congo

At a glance

  • Same-sex relations: legal
  • Legal gender recognition: not possible
  • Registration of LGBTIQ organizations: not possible
  • Actions related to SOGi at UN: opposed IE SOGI in 2016 and 2019

 

Overview

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 different-sex relations. Anti-LGBTIQ sentiment is pervasive in the Republic of Congo. LGBTIQ people face social stigmatization, harassment, and discrimination at the hands of government officials and private citizens. There have been sporadic reports of police harassment and blackmail 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 which makes it difficult for LGBTIQ people to have their voices heard or human rights restored. OutRight has not been able to identify any LGBTIQ groups, formal or otherwise, in the country.