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Gay Guide Morocco
According to article 489 of the Penal Code homosexuality in Morocco is illegal and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 Dirhams - or even more. How seriously this law should also be taken by foreigners was illustrated by an event in 2014. A gay Briton was sentenced to a prison term of four months, but released after protests by the British government. The "Arab spring" had also taken hold of Morocco in 2011, forcing King Mohammed VI into action. A constitutional reform elaborated subsequently promises freedom of opinion and social equality for women, amongst other aspects. But the measures initiated so far to make the country more democratic continue to stall because the military, judiciary and Islamic institutions are de facto still controlled by the king. The Islamic party PJD emerged as the clear winner from early elections held in November. There are no indications as yet that homosexuality will be legalized. Nevertheless, homosexual activity is fairly common, especially in the holiday resorts. Relationships are often visibly displayed and money often plays a role where sex is involved. In the community homosexuality remains a taboo and is considered immoral. The rejection of affluent western tourism and the immoral developments is on the increase. Islamic fundamentalists have also become noticeably more aggressive towards gay men in recent years, no doubt also due to the increase in prostitution. Blackmail and arrests are on the increase again correspondingly. Even the mere suspicion that one may have had sex can be enough. In addition, young native men may be followed by the police, who will then beat information on the goings-on in hotel rooms or private holiday apartments out of them. We can therefore only advise you to proceed with caution! In June 2004 the editor of a local newspaper was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment because of his article which he published describing a homosexual holiday affair of the current Minister of Finance. The reason for his arrest was that the editor failed to adhere to foreign currency regulations in 1994. As he could not immediately settle a fine of 3 million Dirhams, he was incarcerated. Safety warning: kidnappings in the centre of the country are not uncommon.
Cities in Morocco
Name: Al-Magrib · Marokko · Maroc · Marruecos · Marocco
Location: Northwestern Africa
International country code: 212 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00 (wait for tone)
Language: Arabic, Berber Dialects, French
Area: 458,730 kmē / 172,413 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Dirham (DH) = 100 Centimes
Religions: 99 % Muslims (90% Sunnite Muslems)
Climate: Mediterranean climate, hot in the interior. In the lowlands the cooler months are from Dec-Feb.