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Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan removes sections of penal code that criminalise homosexuality

The Buddhist kingdom's Lower House removed the two sections this week

2019-06-07

Words: Steve Brown

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has removed sections of the penal code that criminalised homosexuality.

The Lower House of the Buddhist kingdom – which is on the eastern edge of the Himalayans – removed Section 213 and 214 which criminalised ‘unnatural sex’ or homosexuality.

Writing on Twitter, the Bhutanese - a newspaper in the kingdom - wrote: "Breaking: Section 213 and 214 of the Bhutan Penal Code criminalizing ‘unnatural sex’ or homosexuality has been removed by the National Assembly."

Now, in order to become law, it must be passed through the Upper House but this is a positive move for the kingdom – which does not formally recognise same-sex couples.