The Supreme Court of Mauritius - the country's highest court - has decriminalised gay sex, saying the ban reflected colonial-era, rather than indigenous values.
The colonial-era laws date back to 1898. Mauritius gained its independence in 1968, but kept the ban on gay sex - the law has not been enforced in recent years.
The case in Mauritius was brought by Abdool Ridwan Firaas Ah Seek, who argued that the "offence of sodomy" - as the law described it - breached his basic rights, including the right to liberty.
The Supreme Court said the law did not "reflect any indigenous Mauritian values but was inherited as part of our colonial history from Britain".
It "was not the expression of domestic democratic will, but was of course imposed on Mauritius and other colonies by British rule".
The ruling means that people can no longer be arrested for having gay sex, but parliament will have to repeal the law to make it legal.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Mauritius?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Mauritius? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in Mauritius?
Yes. Following the ruling by the Supreme Court, men can no longer be arrested for having same-sex encounters. However legislative change is still required to remove the laws that criminalise homosexuality.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Mauritius?
There are some limited protections in place against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Mauritius?
No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Mauritius.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Mauritius?
Mauritius is a socially conservative country.