Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

Turkish police beat 2 gay Iranian refugees

In a country that LGBT Iranian refugees are finding increasingly hostile, two gay Iranian men were severely beaten on Jan. 26 by a police officer at the police station in a town (name withheld to protect the men) in southern Turkey. … Continue reading

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Over Swedish protest, Tunisia imposes 2-year sentence

An unidentified Swedish man has been sentenced to two years behind bars in Tunisia for “homosexual acts” despite the protests of Swedish diplomats, Agence France-Presse reported. Under Tunisian law, sodomy is punishable by up to three years in prison. AFP … Continue reading

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Egyptian court acquits all 26 arrested in bathhouse raid

BuzzFeed reports: CAIRO — A Cairo court acquitted 26 men of charges of participating in a gay “sex party” at a public bathhouse in December. … No trial court [previously had] ever cleared Egyptians of charges of homosexuality in a … Continue reading

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12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews … Continue reading

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Al Hoceima, Morocco: Jail time reduced

A court in Al Hoceima in Morocco reduced the  prison sentence for two people arrested for “homosexuality” who had been imprisoned in the first instance to three years in prison, according to a report in the French-language HuffPost Moroc. An … Continue reading

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Egypt: new arrests; sentence reduced; German MP speaks out

Trans woman arrested. BuzzFeed reported that Cairo police arrested a 25-year old trans woman and her roommate on Sunday, December 28th.  As usual, local media is sensationalizing coverage with this case.  Police told local media that Malooka Aldlouah’s videos, posted … Continue reading

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Update: Mona Iraqi fired by shnit film festivals

shnit PLAYGROUND Cairo 2015, organizers of International short film festivals, announced today on their website: “As of its annual Council meeting on December 22th in Bern, the Board of Trustees of the shnit FOUNDATION, in accordance with Festival Director, has … Continue reading

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