Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Codes

Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Codes

“All sexual intercourses contradicting to nature are punished from 3 months up to 1 year, additionally to a penalty between 200 and 1,000,000 Lebanese Liras.”

Lebanon, based on its colonial traditio

n has inherited and retained French Colonial law which criminalizes homosexuality. These laws are used to reinforce socio-cultural morals and ethics of the colonists; they are used further to protect the ‘shape of the core entity of society’ which is the nuclear family, diminishing all the other forms of family. The effects of these laws has led to the

persecution of hundreds of people accused with homosexuality, facing death, banishment, prison, torture and, castration. Moreover, Lebanese laws based on public morality are applied oppressively only to non-heterosexual persons and actions; using terms of sexuality like “homosexual” gives a scientific nature to the ‘accusation’ and decreases its ethical and moral credibility to the public.

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