São Tomé & Príncipe LGBT Laws

Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Penal Code of September 16, 1886, as amended in 1954 (Inherited from the Portuguese colonial era)

Consensual sex between same-sex couples is unlawful [R1.2]

Articles 70 and 71 add security measures on people who habitually practice acts against the order of nature, stating such people shall be sent to labor camps.


On 14 February 2011, it was reported that consensual sex between same-sex couples would be decriminalised in upcoming revisions to the Criminal Code [R1.1].

R1.2 ILGA: State-sponsored Homophobia 700.06kb, PDF MAY 09
R1.1 PinkPaper: São Tomé and Príncipe to legalise gay sex 14 FEB 11