Lebanese General Security officers unlawfully attempted to shut down a conference on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people on September 29, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch staff members were among the participants at NEDWA, a conference organized by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), a group that works to advance LGBT and other human rights.
Omar is a 21-year-old gay Moroccan. He spends his life looking over his shoulder, trying not to draw attention to himself. I interviewed Omar while researching my book, Gender and Violence in the Middle East, and he told me: Personally, I try to be discreet, avoid getting too much attention when I’m in certain places or with people who could react badly. Omar’s fears are rooted in the fact that homosexuality is a criminal offence in Morocco, as it is in many other African countries. The law combines with a strongly conservative society to create a real sense of danger for members of Morocco’s lesbian,…
While Turkish police cracks down on a Gay Pride parade with tear-gas, LGBT+ Moroccans demand the decriminalisation of homosexuality in their country. For the fourth time in a row, the pride parade was banned in Istanbul. When LGBT+ people gathered on 01 July 2018 at the central shopping street “Istiklal”, the police intervened and occasionally used tear gas and plastic bullets to end the parade, according to the Berliner Morgenpost.
The Tunisian anthropologist Yusef Al-Siddiq commented on the final report of the Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee (also known by the acronym COLIBE), a presidential commission comprised of legislators, professors and human rights advocates. Al-Siddiq said, “the Quran did not call for the punishment of homosexuals”.
Homosexuality may soon cease being a crime in the North African country of Tunisia, where gay sex is currently punishable by up to three years in prison.
Ameen Rhayem could face up to a year in jail if he is charged with violating Lebanon’s Article 534 “simply for loving another man.” The activist makes that point in a video produced by Beirut-based sexual-rights group the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) in advance of the country’s elections on Sunday, the first vote in nine years.
AUSTRALIA – An openly gay Imam is hoping to open Australia’s first LGBT-friendly mosque within the next year.
The Alexandria police have arrested nine men for being homosexual, according to the Egypt Independent Newspaper.
Tunisia has promised to stop forcing people suspected of being gay to undergo anal examinations.
The Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, weighed in on same-sex marriage, minutes after he arrived for a historic visit in Australia last week. This comes amid intense debate in Australia ahead of a national marriage survey.