Fiji first Pacific Island nation with colonial-era sodomy laws to formally to decriminalize homosexuality

Published: March 4, 2010

Fiji first Pacific Island nation with colonial-era sodomy laws to formally to decriminalize homosexuality

Marking a significant step towards achieving the country’s universal access goals, Fiji passed a law decriminalizing consensual homosexuality through the Fiji National Crimes Decree on 1 February 2010. With this legislation Fiji becomes the first Pacific Island nation with colonial-era sodomy laws to formally decriminalize sex between men*.

The new Crimes Decree removes all clauses about “sodomy” and “unnatural acts” and uses gender neutral language in the remainder of the sexual offences section.

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