Belarus LGBT Laws

Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In 1994, reportedly the age of consent in Belarus was equalised at 16 years for gay men, lesbians and heterosexuals alike, when homosexuality was decriminalised [R1.1].

R1.1 Melbourne Star Observer: Belarus Legalised Gay Sex in 1991 23 AUG 96
Asylum, Immigration, Migration, Refugees Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 13 July 2018, it was reported that Belarusian authorities had refused asylum to a M2F transgender woman from Uzbekistan, who asked to be referred to as Karina, and who says she will face torture and abuse if she goes back. The decision of the authorities not to provide her with asylum cited the lack of proof showing that she may face torture and violence back in Uzbekistan [R1.1].

R1.1 RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman 13 JUL 18
Censorship, Freedom of Expression, Free Speech, Right of Assembly Legislation/Cases/References
1. Cities & Towns

On 11 December 2013, the authorities in Minsk, reportedly announced the banning of two LGBT rights rallies shcedule for 11-12 December [R1.1].

R1.1 EdgeOnTheNet: Belarus Bans Two LGBT Rights Demonstrations 12 DEC 13
Gender Identity, Intersex,
Transgender, Transexual
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Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 13 July 2018, it was reported that Belarusian authorities had refused asylum to a M2F transgender woman from Uzbekistan, who asked to be referred to as Karina, and who says she will face torture and abuse if she goes back. The decision of the authorities not to provide her with asylum cited the lack of proof showing that she may face torture and violence back in Uzbekistan [R1.1].

R1.1 RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Refuses Asylum For Uzbek Transgender Woman 13 JUL 18
Hate Crimes Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [VIOLENCE]
1. National

On 13 January 2015, a court in Minsk rejected calls for Zmitser Lukashevich to be imprisoned for a homophobic hate crime and sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for beating homosexual man Mikhail Pishcheuski so badly that he has been in a coma. Witnesses testified at the retrial testified that Lukashevich attacked Pishcheuski after loudly insulting him about his homosexuality [R1.1].

R1.1 RadioFreeEurope: Minsk Court Sentences Gay-Basher For Inflicting ‘Unintentional’ Injuries 13 JAN 15
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In 1994, the criminal law in Belarus was amended to decriminalise consensual sex between same-sex couples [R1.1].

R1.1 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 382.87kb, 14 MAY 08
Capital Q: Repeal of Gay Sex Laws 05 NOV 97
Melbourne Star Observer: Belarus Legalised Gay Sex in 1991 23 AUG 96
Violence: Bullying, Domestic Violence, Harassment, Victimisation, Vilification Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 13 January 2015, a court in Minsk rejected calls for Zmitser Lukashevich to be imprisoned for a homophobic hate crime and sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for beating homosexual man Mikhail Pishcheuski so badly that he has been in a coma. Witnesses testified at the retrial testified that Lukashevich attacked Pishcheuski after loudly insulting him about his homosexuality [R1.1].

R1.1 RadioFreeEurope: Minsk Court Sentences Gay-Basher For Inflicting ‘Unintentional’ Injuries 13 JAN 15