Naomi Mehmet & Partners Law Firm

Homosexual Sex Decriminalised

On 27th January 2014, the Parliament of the TRNC voted to change the law criminalising homosexual sex. The TRNC was the last jurisdiction in Europe in which homosexual sex between consenting adults was illegal. Under the law, which had been introduced during British colonial rule, the offence was punishable with 5 years’ imprisonment.  Although the law had been changed in the South in 1993, it had remained in force in the North. The change came after the recent high profile arrest of former Greek Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris over alleged homosexual acts in 2011 . Legal action challenging the law had also been filed in the European Court of Human Rights against Turkey on behalf of Northern Cyprus by London based Human Dignity Trust.