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Discrimination Legislation/Cases/References


On 16 April 2012, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most feared law enforcement authority in the oil-rich country, reportedly had been asked to enforce the new orders to bar “gays and tom-boys” from its government schools and universities [R1.1].

R1.1 Emirates 24: Saudi Arabia bans 'gays, tom-boys' from schools 16 APR 12
Gender Identity, Intersex,
Transgender, Transexual



On 02 May 2014, it was reported that a circular had been issued notifying that the Ministry of Health will determine which transgender patients are eligible for gender reassignment surgery (GRS) according to the recommendations of a specialized medical team after referral to both the health and justice ministers if there are family disputes over the matter [R1.3].

In April 2000, nine young Saudi men were each sentenced to more than 2,000 lashes and at least five years in prison police having found they were dressing in women's clothes and engaging in deviant sexual behavior with each other [R1.2].

In September 1998, five Pakistani transvestites were arrested by Saudi officials after a raid on a private home, risking being lashed and deported [R1.1].

R1.3 ArabNews: Transgender surgery procedure set forth 02 MAY 14
R1.2 Associated Press: Nine Saudi Transvestites Jailed 16 APR 00
R1.1 Sydney Star Observer: Tranny Arrests 03 SEP 98
HIV / Aids Legislation/Cases/References


In September 2008 and February 2009, Saudi Arabia was reportedly among countries which restrict short-term travel for individuals living with HIV [R1.1].

R1.1 Russian Activists Call for End to Restrictions on HIV+ Visitors 06 FEB 09
Immigration Equality: Congress to Bush: Repeal HIV Travel Ban 22 SEP 08

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Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References


As at May 2009, there was no codified Penal Law in Saudi-Arabia. Instead, the country applies the strict Islamic Sharia law. According to the interpretation sodomy is criminalized.

For a married man the penalty is death by stoning, while the penalty for an unmarried man is 100 blows of the whip as well as banishment for a year.

For a non-Muslim, who commits sodomy with a Muslim, the penalty is death by stoning.

For conviction of sodomy, it must be proved either by confession of the culprit four times, or "testimony of four trustworthy Muslim men".

Moreover are all sexual relations outside of marriage illegal in Saudi-Arabia according to the Sharia law, including sexual relations between women [R1.3].

In May 2010, the Saudi government took its drive against homosexuality a step further when it banned the recruitment of gay and lesbian workers, including those from other countries [R1.2].

In August 2008, two men from the Philippines were arrested in the Saudi capital Riyadh for homosexual acts [R1.1].


Courts & Tribunals

On 11 November 2014, a court in the port city Dammam in the Eastern Province was reported to have sentenced a homosexual man to three years in jail for engaging in "immoral acts" and ordered him to pay a SR100,000 fine [R2.10].

On 23 June 2014, on the information of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the religious police, a court was reported to have sentenced a homosexual man to three years in prison and 450 lashes over 15 sessions for using his Twitter account to promote homosexual contacts [R2.9].

On 27 March 2013, the ministry of interior released a statement saying a religious court had executed and crucified Mohammed Rashad Khairi Hussein, a Yemeni national, alleged to have robbed, raped and killed a Pakistani male migrant worker [R2.8].

In November 2010, a court in Jeddah sentenced a 27-year-old gay man to five years jail and 500 lashes with the whip for indulging in homosexual activities and publishing obscene photos of himself online [R2.7].

In March 2010, a 27–year–old man in Jeddah, was sent to jail for a year, fined $1,330, and was reportedly to be lashed 1,000 times for appearing in a gay-themed video [R2.6].

In October 2007, two men were convicted of sodomy and sentenced to 7,000 lashes [R2.5].

In April 2005, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced two Saudis, one Yemeni and a Jordanian to two years in jail and 2,000 lashes after a police raid on an alleged gay party [R2.4].

In December 2001, three Saudi men were beheaded for committing acts of sodomy and "seducing young men" [R2.3].

In July 2000, three Yemeni men found guilty of engaging in homosexual acts and molesting young boys were executed [R2.2].

In October 1996, twenty-four Filipinos were sentenced to receive 200 lashes each after being caught engaging in homosexual behaviour [R2.1].

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R1.2 Saudi govt gets tough on gay, lesbian workers 02 JUN 10
R1.1 Gay Filipinos Arrested in Saudi Arabia 08 AUG 08
R2.10 GulfNews: Saudi Arabia: Homosexual man jailed for 'immoral acts' 11 NOV 14
R2.9 GulfNews: Gay man sentenced for twitter debauchery in Saudi Arabia 23 JUL 14
R2.8 GayStarNews: Man executed and crucified for male rape, murder and theft in Saudi Arabia 15 APR 13
R2.7 Emirates 24|7: Saudi gay gets 5-year jail, 500 lashes 08 NOV 10
R2.6 Saudi man to be flogged for gay video 22 MAR 10
R2.5 MCV: Gay Flogging Protest 25 OCT 07
R2.4 UAE Jails 12 Men for Homosexuality 13 FEB 06
R2.3 Associated Press: Three Saudi Men Beheaded for Sodomy 01 JAN 02
R2.2 Reuters: Saudi Executes Three Yemenis for Homosexuality 11 JUL 00
R2.1 New Zealand "express": Lashings Ordered 10 OCT 96

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