Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

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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Video seeks relief for harassed LGBT Moroccans

“After a while, I began to accept the person I am, and that I am not abnormal or unnatural as they believe. But then I faced the cruelty of society and the criminalization of homosexuality in the law.”  — Hamza, … Continue reading

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Egypt: New legal guide for LGBT communities; please share

In response to Egypt’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people, Egyptian activists and legal experts have drawn up a guide on how LGBT people can reduce their chances of being arrested and how to act if they are arrested. In the … Continue reading

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