Democratic Republic of Congo

CaptureSteve Mbikayi, an MP with the Parti Travailliste Congolais (PTC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, introduced a draft bill to the Congolese National Assembly that would explicitly criminalise homosexuality. Mbikayi’s bill contains 37 articles that would render homosexuality and transgenderism illegal. The proposed penalty for engaging in a homosexual act is 3 to 5 years in prison and a fine of 1 million Congolese francs (about $1,000); while a transgender person would face the same fine and a jail sentence of 3 to 12 years.

Criminalizing homosexuality and transgenderism violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is bad public policy.  It also violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which DRC signed.


DRC Looks to Follow in Uganda’s Footsteps with Anti-Gay Bill _ Think Africa Press.