Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Report: Lebanon targets gay men in 3 raids, 45 arrests

Journalist Dan Littauer reports on a wave of Lebanese police raids targeting gay men, starting with the Aug. 9 arrest of 27 men at the Agha Hammam Turkish bath in Beirut (reported here Aug. 13). Further raids reportedly occurred on … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Lebanon: 27 arrests in raid on Turkish bath

Lebanon’s national police and security force raided a Turkish bath in the Hamra-Concord section of Beirut on Aug. 9 and arrested 27 men. The men were questioned about their sexual orientation and held for at least three days without being … Continue reading

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Iran’s top judge denies executions for being gay

The head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has disputed the accuracy of frequent reports that Iran executes people for being gay. That accusation by Western human rights activists “is no more than a lie,” Larijani told a convention of … Continue reading

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Series of public hangings in Iran, including 2 for sodomy

Two prisoners were hanged in public on Aug. 6 in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran on charges of sodomy, Iran Human Rights reports. Details of the charges were unavailable. Iran Human Rights stated, “Since there was no mention … Continue reading

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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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