Article 308 criminalises Muslim men who have sex with another man, punishable with death by stoning, albeit Mauritania has observed a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1987. Same-sex intimacy between women is punishable with up to two years imprisonment and a fine.1
Types of criminalisation
- Criminalises sex between men
- Criminalises sex between women
- Death penalty
1. Penal Code 1984, Article 308 Act Against Nature
“Any adult Muslim man who commits an indecent act or an act against nature with an individual of his sex will face the penalty of death by public stoning. If it is a question of two women, they will be punished as prescribed in article 306, first paragraph [3 months to 2 years imprisonment and a fine of 5,000 to 60,000 UM].” Full text.