Last edited: April 10, 2007


  • Statute:  Article 120
  • Penalty:  3 years
  • Restrictions:  Applies only to male-male sexual contact.
Article 120 of the new penal code of 1995 still punishes sodomy ("besakalbazlyk" in Uzbek) between consenting adults - by up to three years’ imprisonment. (Euroletter 55)

The old Penal Code (Article 100) had followed the corresponding Section 121 of the old Soviet Union code, which only specifically criminalized "anal intercourse between men". (PB)

It appears that lesbian and non-penetrative gay sex between consenting adults is not explicitly mentioned in the new law as being a criminal offense.




Free Uzbek Rights Defender Ruslan Sharipov - Human Right Watch

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