On Nov 29, 2016 76 Crimes reported: A total of 47 countries have repealed their anti-LGBT laws since 1982, leaving a total of 73 countries with such laws in place, according to a new publication from United Nations human rights specialists.
That tally is included in the report “Living Free and Equal” from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. It analyzes more than 200 examples of how countries are combating violence and discrimination against LGBTI people.
The OHCHR report describes “Pathways to Decriminalization” thus:
Globally, there is a trend towards decriminalization of consensual same-sex relationships, which has intensified since the findings of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Dudgeon v. the United Kingdom in 1982 [which found that U.K. laws against consensual same-sex intimacy violated the European Convention on Human Rights].
Since then, and as of mid-2016, 47 countries have taken steps to decriminalize same-sex relationships between consenting adults. Of these, at least 22 had done so as part of a broader review of their penal codes, 12 had specifically repealed criminalizing legislation, and ten had brought about the change as a result of the findings of a judicial body.