Qatar LGBT Laws

ensorship, Freedom of Expression, Free Speech, Right of Assembly Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

On 21 July 2018, it was reported that Qatar has removed whole articles from the Doha edition of The New York Times for highlighting the plight of the emirate’s LGBTQ community [R1.1].

R1.1 StepFeed: Qatar completely censors articles about LGBTQ community from New York Times 21 JUL 18
HIV / Aids Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Qatar reportedly barrs entry to HIV–positive individuals [R1.1].

R1.1 PinkNews: Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 02 NOV 09
Immigration Equality: Congress to Bush: Repeal HIV Travel Ban 22 SEP 08
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

The Penal Code (Act No. 11 of 2004) [L1.4]

Sexual acts with a female over the age of 16 are prohibited by article 281, while sexual acts with a male are prohibited by article 284 (Quaere: Article 285).

The penalty is up to seven years imprisonment for both female and male acts.

Article 296 criminalises ”leading, instigating or seducing a male in any way to commit sodomy” and ”inducing or seducing a male or female in any way to commit illegal or immoral actions” with a penalty of between one and three years imprisonment. The term ”immoral actions” is undefined [R1.3].

Along with the civil Penal Code also Islamic Sharia law is in force in Qatar, although only applicable to Muslims.

The offence of “Zina” makes any sexual act by a married person outside of marriage punishable by death, while sexual acts by non-married persons are punish by flogging – both offences no matter if they were heterosexual or homosexual.


In January 1998, the Philippine Embasy reported that Qatar was in the process of deporting all foreign homosexuals [R1.2].

On 29 October 1997 Qatar police ordered the deportation of 20 Filipino men suspected of homosexual activity [R1.1].

L1.4 Interpol: Sexual offences against children PDF 19.95kb, 17 JUL 06
ILGA: State-sponsored Homophobia 700.06kb, PDF 700.06kb, MAY 09
R1.3 HumanDignityTrist” Qatar (Accessed 05 JUN 19)
R1.2 Capital Q: Gay Purge 09 JAN 98
R1.1 Adelaide Gay Times: Filipinos Deported for Suspected Gay Activity 14 NOV 97