44 people have been charged and convicted after attending a gay wedding in Algeria. The arrest took place in July after the police stormed a private residence and arrested 9 women and 35 men, after neighbours complained. Most of the attendees were university students from the el-Kharoub district in northeastern Algeria.
Algerian Police decided the event must have been a “gay wedding” because the men had a “gay appearance” and there were decorations, flowers and sweets present.
The ruling was made on 3 September, with the court convicting the 44 people of “same-sex relations.” “public indecency,” and subjecting others to harm by breaking Covid-19-related quarantine measures”.
The married gay couple, which was immediately imprisoned, have been sentenced to three years in prison with a fine and the others 42 attendees were handed a one-year suspended sentences.
Even though Algeria has laws protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and has joined the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, the country still showcases the lack of regard and protection for its LGBT citizens.