Forty-one states prevent NGOs working on sexual-orientation issues being registered, putting human rights defenders in greater danger.
According to the report’s lead author, Lucas Mendos, “landmark advances have taken place in the last two years: India, Trinidad and Tobago and Angola were the latest to repeal such laws. Hopefully this will help further change in their regions.
“However, global progress comes with setbacks: in 2017, Chad criminalised consensual same-sex sexual acts, a worrying example of legal regression.”
On the positive side, 73 states have laws protecting its citizens against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, while 39 have laws that punish acts of incitement to hatred or violence based on sexual orientation.
There are 26 states that recognise same-sex marriage, and 28 that allow for adoption by same-sex couples.