How Laws and The Government Affect LGBT Development
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(Picture, source:'No Homo: Nigerian Government Bans Same-Sex Marriage' 2012)

Legislation with discrimination against LGBT
It has also been found that homosexuality is illegal in Penal Code since 1995. According to Ottosson (2006: 5)
‘Articles 347 to 352 prohibits impudent sexual acts. No details have been obtained, however, other sources state
that sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex are illegal in Djibouti’. Ottoson (2007: 12) and US
Department of State (2011: 21) report that sexual intercourse of both male and female homosexuality is illegal.

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(Source: 'Malaysian government views LGBT community as a ‘spreading problem’ to be stopped' 2012)
Government's intolerance with homosexuality
In 2011, a resolution to the discrimination on sexual orientation was passed in UN, in order to state clear
that both men and women, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be respected and allowed to enjoy
freedom within the society. However, Djibouti was one of 19 countries which opposed the resolution (Human
Rights Watch 2011).

How important the laws and the government are in shaping LGBT situaton in Djibouti
If homosexuality is regarded as an illegal act by the government, the freedoms to admit their identity and to
openly voice their opinion about the issue are expected to be restricted. Besides, the new ideas and attitudes
of homosexuality are not likely to form due to the limited exchange of ideas.