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According to the info graphic, Somalia has an enforced death penalty in effect for homosexuality. Is this truly the case, and how much is it actually enforced?

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A joint submission (by Arc International, Geneva, Switzerland; International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association; International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association –Europe, (Consultative Status); Pan Africa - International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) to the First Cycle (2011) of the Universal Periodic Review of Somalia said:

In southern parts of Somalia, Sharia law may allow punishing homosexual acts with death penalty or flogging.

A 2017 report (ILGA, State-Sponsored Homophobia) reports arrests within the previous three years, and reports that there is an implemented death penalty for sexual acts between males and for sexual acts between females in southern Somalia. See the map at p. 194. The report notes that in southern Somalia, "Sharia law explicitly forbids homosexuality - the punishment for those 'found guilty' is at a judge's discretion, and may be punished by death" (p. 99).

It describes the situation at p. 40, that the death penalty is "codified under Sharia and implemented provincially" in "Somalia (southern parts)."


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