Nauru updates its Criminal Code, abolishes Death Penalty and Decriminalize Homosexuality

Among the various updates the Republic of Nauru made in its Criminal Code to match international standards, there was the decriminalization of homesuality.

Statement by the EU spokesperson on the abolition of death penalty and decriminalisation of homosexuality in Nauru

31 May 2016, Brussels The recent amendments to Nauru’s Criminal code abolishing the death penalty and decriminalising homosexuality send a strong signal to other countries in the Pacific region that are yet to do so.

In abolishing the death penalty, Nauru has demonstrated its belief, shared by the European Union as well as many other countries worldwide, in the inherent dignity of all human beings and the inviolability of the human person. The death penalty cannot be justified under any circumstances.

The decriminalisation of homosexuality puts Nauru among the increasing number of countries that have taken steps to abide by their international human rights commitments to promote the equality and dignity of all human beings irrespective of their sexual orientation.

Nauru, to update its Criminal Code, had to remove or change various laws in the Nauruan Criminal Code of 1899 drawn from Queensland Criminal Code. Among the many changes, there is the decriminalization of suicide and a stronger criminalization of offenses such as rape, slavery, or stalking...for which you can find details on the following media release from the Nauruan governement.

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Published on 02/06/2016

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