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Encyclopedia > LGBT rights in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates includes the Emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Fujairah and Sharjah. Sexual relations outside of a traditional, heterosexual marriage is a crime and punishments range from jail time, fines, deportation, and the death penalty. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Although the United Arab Emirates government has made some advances in the protection of human rights, the U.S. Department of State notes in its annual report on human rights practices that numerous fundamental practices and policies exist to the contrary. ... Coordinates: Emirate Dubai Government  - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Area [1]  - Metro 4,114 km² (1,588. ... Abu Dhabi or Abu Zaby (Arabic language: أبوظبي) is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. ... The flag of Ras al-Khaimah Ras Al-Khaimah (Arabic: رأس الخيمة the top of the tent) is one of the United Arab Emirates. ... Sharjah Central Souq - Shopping Mall The flag of Sharjah The Emirate of Sharjah (Arabic: الشارقة ash-shaariqah) extends along approximately 16 kilometres of the United Arab Emiratess Persian Gulf coastline and for more than 80 kilometres into the interior. ...

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Federal Penal Code

Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code states, "Whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punished by death." While English translations of the Arabic text are in some dispute, it is generally felt that this is a prohibition against rape, and possibly consensual sodomy. It has been suggested that Victimless crime be merged into this article or section. ... François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). ...


The Federal Penal Code does not replace the legal system of each emirate, unless it is contrary to the federal law, and thus Sharia law remains in place. Hence a person could be charged on this federal penal code, or under the national penal code. Sharia (Arabic شريعة also Sharia, Shariah or Syariah) is traditional Islamic law. ...


Abu Dhabi

Article 80 of the Abu Dhabi Penal Code makes sodomy punishable with imprisonment of up to 14 years.


Dubai

Article 177 of the Penal Code of Dubai imposes imprisonment of up to 10 years on consensual sodomy. In 2005 police raided a private party, and arrested over a dozen men for the crime of homosexuality, cross-dressing and initially an Interior Ministry worker told the press that people convicted of sodomy should be given hormone treatments as a "cure", although the Dubai government quickly retracted the statement [1], and instead suggested that such treatments might be made optional, by the court, to reduce the prison sentences of the convicted men. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Eleven of the men arrested were sentenced to five year prison sentences, while another fifteen men were still waiting for their sentence [2]. The court did not make any mention of hormone treatments, although some news reports suggest that some of the convicted men are being given some type of psychiatric testing. The private party was often described as a "gay wedding", and one of the arresting police officers was subsequently investigated for spreading the pictures he had taken of the raid around on his cell phone [3].


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Although the United Arab Emirates government has made some advances in the protection of human rights, the U.S. Department of State notes in its annual report on human rights practices that numerous fundamental practices and policies exist to the contrary. ...

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