Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Same-sex affair in Morocco leads to 18 months in prison

Two young gay men were convicted of homosexuality on Feb. 1 and sentenced to 18 months in prison and a fine of 2,000 Moroccan dirham (about US$205), the Morocco World News reports. That article stated: The charges resulted after a … Continue reading

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Here’s why Tunisian LGBT group should not be suspended

Human Rights Watch writes: Dangerous Precedent for Freedom of Association The Tunisian authorities’ decision to suspend the activities of the LGBT rights group Shams is a setback for individual freedoms and equal rights in Tunisia. Shams works on lesbian, gay, … Continue reading

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Menaced with dissolution, Tunisian LGBT group seeks help

At the eve of a court hearing on its right to exist, Shams, the Tunisian association pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality, is seeking additional support. In a press release, it asked for support from: Sexual minorities whom Shams “defends … Continue reading

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After anti-gay trial, tortures in Tunisian prison

One of the six Tunisian students who were convicted and sentenced to prison last month for homosexuality has revealed what he endured at the hands of police, doctors, prison guards and prisoners. Shams, an LGBT rights group seeking the decriminalization … Continue reading

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Advocates urge pressure on Tunisia to spare LGBT group

International human rights advocates at Front Line Defenders issued a statement today condemning Tunisia for ordering the LGBT group Shams to suspend activities. In the process, the statement clarified the context and background of this violation of Tunisian citizens’ rights … Continue reading

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6 Tunisians freed while appealing sodomy verdict

The Court of Appeals in Sousse, Tunisia, today  released six students pending action on the appeal of their three-year prison sentences for sodomy. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for Feb. 25. Shams, an LGBTI rights group seeking the … Continue reading

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Activists urge U.S. to accept 500 LGBT Syrian refugees

The U.S.-based LGBTI asylum and refugee organization ORAM is pleading for the United States to reserve spaces for 500 LGBT refugees from Syria, since their lives are at high risk if they are forced to remain in their embattled country, … Continue reading

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