Section 136 criminalises sodomy with a penalty of up to ten years imprisonment. While this provision is termed in gender neutral language, only male homosexuality seems to be generally acknowledged in Tonga.1
Types of criminalisation
- Criminalises sex between men
Commonwealth member state
1. Laws of Tonga, Chapter 18, Criminal Offences Act, S. 136 Sodomy and Beastiality
“Whoever shall be convicted of the crime of sodomy with another person … shall be liable at the discretion of the Court to be imprisoned for any period not exceeding ten years.” Full text.
2. Laws of Tonga, Chapter 18, Criminal Offences Act, S. 139 Attempted Sodomy, Indecent Assault Upon a Male
“Whoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime of sodomy or shall be guilty of an assault with intent to commit the same or of any indecent assault upon any male person shall be liable at the direction of the Court to imprisonment for any term not exceeding 10 years.” Full text.