Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Iran campaign seeks end to coerced LGBT sex changes

Iranian activists are making a new push for recognition of the human rights of LGBT people in Iran, in particular for an end to the nation’s coercive advocacy of sex-change surgery for LGBT people. Shadi Amin, coordinator of the Iranian … Continue reading

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Iran data show growing coercion of LGBT sex changes

Iran’s coercive advocacy of sex-change surgery for LGBT people has become a growing problem in recent years, says the Iranian lesbian and transgender network 6Rang, which has launched a campaign against the practice.  These timelines demonstrate the magnitude of the … Continue reading

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3 years, 450 lashes for Saudi man seeking men on Twitter

  Gay Asia News reports: “A man has been sentenced to three years in prison and 450 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for using his Twitter account to meet with gay men. “The 24-year-old unnamed was arrested after … Continue reading

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Turkey: To say that gays are ‘perverts’ is hate speech

A court ruling in Turkey could buoy the spirits of human rights activists in the Third World who seek fair treatment for sexual minorities but cannot cite the examples of Western nations without being shunned as agents of Western cultural … Continue reading

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In homophobic Iran, a policy that bans homophobia?

On the heels of a short-lived LGBT-friendly commentary on Iran’s popular Nameh News website, an Iranian government-supported website has published rules against its readers posting comments that are homophobic. It’s not clear how long the Press TV comment policy has … Continue reading

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Morocco upholds 6 prison terms for disputed gay acts

Human Rights Watch reports: Morocco: Homosexuality Convictions Upheld Appeals Court Applies Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Activities (Rabat, July 8, 2014) – A Moroccan appeals court on July 2, 2014, upheld the convictions of men accused of homosexual acts, Human Rights Watch … Continue reading

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How ‘debauchery’ law set up Egypt’s gay crackdown

The arrests of 77 people on homosexuality charges in Egypt since October has led to a discussion about how the Egyptian legal system justifies the imprisonment of LGBT people without a law that specifically mentions homosexual activity. Unfortunately, that discussion … Continue reading

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Crackdown on LGBT Egyptians: Why now?

A new, extensive police crackdown on LGBT people is under way in Egypt, with 77 arrests since October.  But why is it happening? And why now? Long-time activist and commentator Scott Long provides detailed answers in his blog, A Paper … Continue reading

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Gay-friendly voice in Iran: Homophobia is un-Islamic

The head of the Iranian Social Workers Association, Dr. Mostafa Eghlima, recently spoke against homophobia in an article in Iran’s popular online Nameh News. Several excerpts are reprinted below, as translated by Hossein Alizadeh, the Middle East and North Africa program … Continue reading

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Crackdown on LGBT Egyptians: 77 arrests since October

Egyptian activists report that 77 people or more have been arrested by police on homosexuality-related charges since last October. The activist group Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights reported these arrests: December 2013 — Two arrested wearing women’s clothing in Hurgada … Continue reading

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