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OO (gay men: risk) Algeria [2013] UKUT 63 (IAC)

OO (gay men: risk) Algeria [2013] UKUT 63 (IAC)

OO (gay men: risk) Algeria [2013] UKUT 63 (IAC)

Official headnote:

a) “Sodomy” and “acts against nature with a member of the same sex” are illegal under Penal Code Article 388 and 333 in Algeria and on conviction carry a criminal sentence of up to 3 years imprisonment and/or a fine.

b) Criminal prosecutions of gay men under Articles 388 and 333 are, however, extremely rare.

c) The evidence does not suggest that, as a general matter, societal and familial disapproval of male gay identity in Algeria reaches levels that are persecutory, within the meaning of Article 9 of the Qualification Directive or which otherwise reach the threshold required for protection under Article 15(b) of that Directive or Article 3 of the ECHR.

d) That conclusion is reinforced by the evidence that the admittedly small number of gay men who live openly as such in Algeria do not, in general, suffer serious harm amounting to persecution.

e) If somebody is able to establish that their behaviour was shaped by more than disapproval amounting to serious harm, they may be able to establish a need for protection. Each case should be determined on the evidence specific to that particular case.

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