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    Bhutan is on the verge of officially changing a section of its penal code criminalising gay sex. The Himalayan kingdom’s parliament recently voted to amend a line in its criminal code that activists say was taken from laws introduced in neighbouring India by British colonialists over 150 years ago. As Manny Tsigas explains, all it needs now is the King’s approval to become law.

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    Bhutan, officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas in South Asia. It is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Chumbi Valley of Tibet and is barely separated from Nepal, from the Indian state of Sikkim in the west and the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh in the south, east and southwest.

    Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region’s second-least-populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and the largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.

    The government is a parliamentary democracy; the head of state is the King of Bhutan, known as the “Dragon King.” The Royal Bhutan Army maintains a close relationship with the Indian Armed Forces.

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