Central African Republic LGBT Laws

Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Consensual sex between same-sex couples is understood to be lawful at age eighteen (18) years.

Discrimination Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

In December 2008, the Central African Republic was among the 66 nations that signed the joint UN statement for LGBT human rights, urging all nations to “promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,” and to end all criminal penalties against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity [R1.1].

The Constitution stipulates that all persons are equal before the law without regard to wealth, race, sex, or religion, but the Government does not enforce these provisions effectively, and significant discrimination exists [R1.2].

R1.1 PinkNews.co.uk: “66 Countries Back UN Statement on Rights of Sexual Minorities” 19 DEC 08
R1.2 US Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 23 FEB 01
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [AGE OF CONSENT]
1. National

Consensual sex between same-sex couples is reportedly lawful, apparently having never been criminalised [R1.1].

It should be noted that the CAR is one of the world’s least developed nations and has experienced several periods of political instability since independence from France in 1960. Despite an on-going peace process and the presence of a democratically-elected government in the capital, Bangui, rebels still control large portions of the country’s northern provinces, and highway bandits prey on civilians and travelers in much of western CAR [R1.2].

R1.1 ILGA: State Sponsored Homophobia MAY 09
R1.2 US Department of State: Central African Republic 22 APR 99