Compiled by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com February 2012 Introduction Same-sex sexual activity is technically legal, most likely only because it is not mentioned in the criminal statutes of Niger because most authorities do not think it exists in their country. Of course, there are no anti-discrimination laws for LGBT citizens and no ‘community’. The U.S. Department
Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. It is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over 80% of its territory covered by the Sahara desert. The economy is concentrated around subsistence agriculture and export of uranium ore, and remains handicapped by the country’s landlocked position, shortage of skilled professionals, corruption and internal instability. Homosexuality is not forbidden in Niger but a punishment is possible should you “offend the public moral” or engage in sexual intercourse with minors under the age of 21. An imprisonment of 6 months to 3 years and a fine of between 10,000 and 100,000 CFA-franc is possible for offenders.
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