Our Flemish correspondent VH wrote the following report last October, but it got lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, the issue discussed in this article —the likely fate of gay people in the Third World, especially in Islamic countries — is still relevant.
VH adapted his report from material posted at Het Vrije Volk. I formatted the list of countries into an HTML table, so if any errors have crept in, they are probably my own:
Which country should the new German Foreign Minister avoid?
By E.J. Bron
Guido Westerwelle (FDP) is likely to become the new Foreign Affairs Minister of Germany. His homosexuality is no secret. But there are many countries which impose life imprisonment or even the death penalty for that.
The chairman of the FDP [Freie Demokratische Partei, “Free Democratic Party” — Liberal, Center] Guido Westerwelle presented his partner in public in July 2009, during a celebration to mark the 50th birthday of Angela Merkel, the Chairman of the CDU [Christian Democratic Union] and the Chancellor. His homosexuality was not a secret anymore, and other senior politicians have also come out. Klaus Wowereit of the SPD [Socialists], for example, who is mayor of Berlin, Ole von Beust (CDU), the first mayor of Hamburg, and Volker Beck, parliamentarian for the Greens. It is an achievement of our democracy and our society that this is possible.
The situation is somewhat different in several other countries on this planet. Guido Westerwelle as Minister of Foreign Affairs has to represent the Federal Republic of Germany abroad, and thus will probably meet heads of state of countries where homosexuality is criminalized and even punished with death.
In December of last year, Westerwelle for the first time formulated foreign policy guidelines. He explicitly stated that he wanted to stop development aid to states “where men and women are executed solely because they are gay”.
Guido Westerwelle is actually not allowed to visit a number of countries, because they have adopted laws against homosexuality.
Here a list of these states and their maximum penalties:
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Africa Political/religious info Penalty Algeria OIC — Muslim 99% 3 years imprisonment Benin OIC — Muslim 25% 3 years imprisonment Botswana Christian 71.6% 7 years imprisonment Egypt OIC — Muslim 90% 3 years imprisonment Eritrea 3 years imprisonment Ethiopia 3 years imprisonment Gambia OIC — Muslim 90% 14 years imprisonment Guinea OIC — Muslim 85% 3 years imprisonment Cameroon OIC — Muslim 20% 5 years imprisonment Kenya Christian 78%, Muslim 10% 14 years imprisonment Liberia Christian 40%, Muslim 20%, Indigenous 40% A fine Libya OIC — Muslim 97% 5 years imprisonment Malawi Christian 19.9%, Muslim 12.8% 5 years imprisonment Morocco OIC — Muslim 97% 3 years imprisonment Mauritania OIC — Muslim 100% death penalty without exemption Mauritius Christian 8.6%, Muslim 16.6%, Hindu 48% 5 years imprisonment Mozambique OIC — Muslim 18% 3 years imprisonment Nigeria OIC — Muslim 50% death penalty (stoning) / 14 years imprisonment for men Uganda OIC — Muslim 12% 20 years imprisonment (for men) Senegal OIC — Muslim 94% 5 years imprisonment Sierra Leone OIC — Muslim 60% life imprisonment Sudan OIC — Muslim 70% death penalty Somalia OIC — Muslim, 15% Bantu and Arabs death penalty where Sharia rules, otherwise 3 years imprisonment Tanzania Muslim 35%, Christian 30%, Indigenous 35% 14 years imprisonment Togo OIC — Muslim 20% 3 years imprisonment Tunisia OIC- Muslim 98% 3 years imprisonment Zambia Christian 50-75%, Muslim ±5%, 14 years imprisonment (for men) Zanzibar 100% Muslim 25 years imprisonment (equal to murder), 3 years imprisonment (for women)
Asia Political/religious info Penalty Afghanistan OIC — Muslim 99% 15 years imprisonment Bahrain OIC — Muslim 80% 10 years imprisonment (only for men) Bangladesh OIC — Muslim 83% life imprisonment Brunei OIC — Muslim 67% 10 years imprisonment Iran OIC — Muslim 98% death penalty (for men), 100 whippings (for women) Yemen OIC — Muslim 99% death penalty Kuwait OIC — Muslim 85% 7 years imprisonment Lebanon OIC — Muslim 60% 1 year imprisonment Maldives OIC — Muslim 100% 10 years imprisonment Malaysia OIC — Muslim 60% 20 years imprisonment Myanmar Socialist dictatorship life imprisonment Nepal Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim 4.2% 1 year imprisonment Uzbekistan OIC — Muslim 88% 3 years imprisonment (for men) Oman OIC — Muslim 90% 3 years imprisonment Pakistan OIC — Muslim 95% life imprisonment (for men) Qatar OIC — Muslim 77% 5 years imprisonment Saudi Arabia OIC — Muslim 100% death penalty Singapore Buddhist 42.5%, Muslim 14.9%, Christian 9.8% 2 years imprisonment (for men, but not enforced) Sri Lanka Buddhist 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Christian 6.2% 10 years imprisonment Syria OIC — Muslim 89% 3 years imprisonment Turkmenistan OIC — Muslim 89% 2 years imprisonment (for men) UA Emirates OIC — Muslim 96% 10-14 years imprisonment
In the Caribbean he had better avoid Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and St. Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, since he would risk 10 years imprisonment to a life sentence and forced labor. In Oceania he might want to bypass the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu where he risks 4-10 years imprisonment. And in South America there is still the OIC member state Guyana to avoid, where he would risk a life sentence.
An easy rule would be: avoid the Caribbean and the OIC member states.
 Yes, Guyana is an OIC member state, although it has only a 7% Muslim population. There are twelve other OIC member states like that, of which Gabon is the most peculiar one: less than 1% Muslim.