Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

LGBT news briefs: Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, Uganda

News briefs about countries with anti-gay laws, excerpted from the Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news: At the 28th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, Iran agreed to partially implement three recommendations that included the treatment of … Continue reading

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Group calls Iran’s UNHCR response hypocritical, irresponsible

Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO), an organization supporting the Iranian LGBTI community, requested we share with our readers their summary review of Iran’s response to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations’s  Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We provide IRQO’s statement here, … Continue reading

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Assaults in Tunisia: ‘daily violence remains unpunished’

Two members of the activist organization Chouf of lesbian, bisexual and trans Tunisians fighting discrimination against women were the targets of assaults  in recent weeks. Chouf issued this statement: In only one week, two friends and members of Chouf were … Continue reading

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Online activists spur change in Middle East, China, world

Online LGBT activism and community-building are the focus of this week’s video in the “Quorum” series of 11 discussions of international LGBTI issues. Moderator for the latest discussion is Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut.org, the  U.S.-based advocacy organization that … Continue reading

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Take Action: Islamic State Terror Campaign Targets LGBTI

This is a call to action for both individuals and groups from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) re-published here to widen the reach of this important campaign.  We urge our readers to take action.   Take … Continue reading

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Morocco report: 2 imprisoned on homosexuality charges

Human Rights Watch reports: RABAT, Morocco, March 4 – Two men accused of consensual homosexual activity are serving prison terms after a trial that seems to have been unfair, Human Rights Watch and the Aswat Group for Sexual Minorities, a … Continue reading

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Egypt’s LGBTI crackdown continues; what can be done?

As Egyptian police continue their crackdown on LGBTI people, here’s a quick update on recent events, followed by suggestions for action. Arrests of alleged transsexuals in a tourist area of Cairo (Feb. 26) “Egyptian police arrested seven people on [Feb. … Continue reading

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