Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, … Continue reading

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Saudi police arrest 35 at alleged ‘gay party’

The Saudi Arabian news website The Peninsula Times reports Police arrested 35 people early Friday morning [April 4] during a party allegedly for homosexuals. Among those arrested … at a beach resort, were a group “of men wearing women’s clothes,” … Continue reading

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Egypt: 4 sentenced to 3-8 years on gay sex charges

Agence France-Presse reports via Al Arabiya News: A court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison on Monday for practicing homosexuality, a judicial official said. Prosecutors had accused the men of holding “deviant parties” and … Continue reading

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6 in court facing anti-gay charges in Zambia, Emirates

In recent days, anti-homosexuality laws have resulted in three court cases involving six defendants in two countries: Zambia: 11 months in prison with no conviction, no bail The trial of James Mwape and Philip Mubiana has been adjourned to April … Continue reading

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Lebanon’s anti-law is invalid, judge rules

‎Good news from Lebanon, reported by that country’s Daily Star: Landmark ruling rubbishes anti-gay law in Lebanon BEIRUT — A judge presiding over a case prosecuting homosexuality has ruled that a notorious piece of legislation criminalizing gay sex is not … Continue reading

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Another 10 anti-gay arrests in Egypt

Police in Egypt arrested 10 people on Nov. 5 on homosexuality-related charges in the western Cairo suburb known as 6th of October City. The arrests came about a month after 14 men were arrested for allegedly engaging in gay sex … Continue reading

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29 who are in prison for being gay, 41 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 29 people are currently in prison for violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 41 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to  homosexuality. The list of … Continue reading

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Dozens out on bail after Iran raid on ‘homosexuals,’ ‘satanists’

A court in Iran has released “dozens of people” on bail after their arrest Oct. 8 on charges related to “homosexuality and satanism,” according to an LGBT rights organization in Iran. Earlier “at least 17″ arrests were reported in the … Continue reading

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Seeking public approval, Egyptian police arrest 14 for gay sex

Police in Egypt arrested 14 men last week on charges of engaging in gay sex in the working class El-Marg district of Cairo at a location that’s variously described as a medical/health center and a gym/sauna. Along with the center’s … Continue reading

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Iran arrests 17 in crackdown on ‘homosexuals, satanists’

Iran’s revolutionary guards say they have arrested “a network of homosexuals and satanists” in Kermanshah, western Iran. The suspects, including four reported gay couples, were apparently arrested in the midst of a birthday party, where they were wearing rainbow bracelets … Continue reading

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