Outlaws same-sex relationsDeath penaltyNoSodomyDeath penalty.Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates (amended 1987), article 356.http://www.scribd.com/doc/122309224/UAE-Penal-Code-amended-1987The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes zina offenses with a minimum sentence of one year in prison. Zina offenses include consensual sexual relations outside heterosexual marriage and other “moral” offenses, including same-sex relations. The UAE courts could convict and sentence people for zina offenses under article 356 which criminalizes but does not define “indecency,” punishable by at least one year in prison. In some cases, courts have gone beyond codified laws and imposed harsher sentences of stoning and flogging. Human Rights Watch is not aware of any case where an individual convicted of homosexual conduct under zina laws has been sentenced to death. Consensual sodomy is criminalized in the emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with up to 14 years’ and 10 years’ imprisonment respectively.