Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Two gay men executed by the Islamic State in Syria

The GayMaroc.com portal, based in Morocco, reported today that the jihadist organization Islamic State, on Tuesday, November 25th, conducted the stoning of two young gays in Syria. GayMaroc.com reports that: “The Syrian Human Rights Observer, an organization close to the opposition Syrian regime … Continue reading

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Slew of arrests in Egypt

In a much longer blog, “a paper bird,” published today by human rights activist Scott Long, he writes that a teacher and several of his students were arrested in Egypt last week.  We re-publish Scott’s account of these arrests below: … Continue reading

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New fund aims to help Iranian LGBT community

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has launched a fund aimed at supporting the emerging Iranian LGBT community and addressing LGBT human rights violations in Iran. The goal is to support: Advocacy, research or outreach projects to  … Continue reading

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Exposing persection of LGBT individuals in Iraq

Editor’s Note: We are re-publishing here today’s press release from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)  announcing the launch of two new briefings on violence and abuse of LGBT individuals in Iraq. The two reports are available for download on … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia: 3 years for gay sex offer, photos on phone

GulfNews.com reports: A court in eastern Saudi Arabia has sentenced a homosexual man to three years in jail for engaging in “immoral acts.” The man, in his 30s, was also ordered to pay a SR100,000 fine [about US $26,000] by … Continue reading

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11 nations blast Iran’s record on LGBTI rights

Iran’s mistreatment of its LGBTI citizens came in for intense criticism during a recent United Nations review. Among a total of 291 recommendations made to the Iranian government during the Oct. 31 review of the country’s human rights record — … Continue reading

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Egypt: 8 imprisoned on anti-gay charges, 23 for protest

Activist/commentator Scott Long writes: Two trials, two travesties Eight men were sent to prison [Nov. 1] in Cairo, because their faces flickered through a video that prosecutors said showed a “gay wedding.” They got three years; after that, they’ll serve another three years’ “probation,” … Continue reading

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