Last edited: January 23, 2005
Lesbian and Gay Association
"Kazakhstan’s new criminal code does not prohibit gay sex, Amnesty
International reported. "Same-sex relations between consenting adults is
no longer a criminal offence," the group said. "Article 121 in the
new criminal code only punishes ‘non-consenting’ homosexual relations,
including with the use of force and with a minor." (RW #185 10/11/97). Euroletter
55 reports that the new law comes into force with effect from 1998.
Prior to 1997, Article 104 Penal Code of Kazakhstan used to criminalize
"buggery". This legislation followed the corresponding Section 121
from the Former Soviet Union, which only specifically criminalized anal
intercourse between men.
Lesbian and non-penetrative gay sex between consenting adults were not
explicitly mentioned in the law as being a criminal offense.