Burkina Faso, Africa
After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic.
In Burkina Faso male/male and female/female sexual relations are not illegal as such. According to the Penal Code of 1996: “Any person who causes a public nuisance shall be punished with a term of imprisonment of between two months and two years and a fine of between 50,000 and 600,000 francs. Any deliberate act that is contrary to good morals and is committed in public or in a private place visible to the public and may offend the sense of decency of third parties who iinvoluntarily witness the act shall constitute a public nuisance. However, any such act, if it is committed in private in the presence of a minor, shall constitute the offence of the indecent incitement of minors.” Article 411: “Any act of a sexual nature that is contrary to good morals and is committed directly and deliberately on another person with or without force, compulsion or surprise, shall constitute an offence against (public) decency.”
Up to 10 percent of the population is estimated to be infected with HIV in Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries and one of the nations in West Africa hardest hit by the pandemic.
News & Reports:
HIV risk practices and access to prevention in a men’s prison in Burkina Faso.
Abstract The aim of this survey was to assess the HIV risk practices of male prisoners and their access to prevention. This descriptive study took place at the House of Detention and Corrections in Ouagadougou from June through August 2012. In all, 165 prisoners (median age: 28 years, range: 18-65) were interviewed. A low proportion… Read more »
Gay Burkina Faso News & Reports
1 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women concludes 10/10 22 October 2010 – United Nations OHCHR 1 Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women concludes forty-seventh session Committee Adopts Conclusions on the Periodic Reports of Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Malta, Tunisia and Uganda as well as on an Exceptional Report by India… Read more »