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Consensual sex between same-sex couples is unlawful [R1.3]


Criminal Code 1974, as amended in 2002 [L1.2]

Section 210. Unnatural Offences

(1) A person who –

(a) sexually penetrates any person against the order of nature; or
(b) sexually penetrates an animal; or
(c) permits a male person to sexually penetrate him or her against the order of nature,

is guilty of a crime. Penalty: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

(2) A person who attempts to commit an offence against Subsection (1) is guilty of a crime. Penalty: imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years.

Section 212. Indecent Practices between Males

(1) A male person who, whether in public or private –

(a) commits an act of gross indecency with another male person; or
(b) procures another male person to commit an act of gross indecency with him; or
(c) attempts to procure the commission of any such act by a male person with himself or with another male person,

is guilty of a misdemeanour. Penalty: Imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years.


On 19 October 2016, it was reported that openly gay man Harry Peter of Alotau was killed after being confronted by a family member for ''not being proper'' [R1.1].

R1.3 GayNZ.com: Gay ban at Papua New Guinea church 27 JAN 10
L1.2 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 701kb, MAY 09
PacLII: Criminal Code Act 1974 (Accessed 07 FEB 10)
R1.1 Erasing76Crimes: Outcry over slaying of openly gay man in Papua New Guinea 19 OCT 16

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