Steve 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.