Category Archives: Middle East / North Africa

99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are … Continue reading

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12 still in Lebanese jail 17 days after Turkish bath raid

Twelve men remain in detention 17 days after at total of 27 people were arrested at a Turkish bath during an Aug. 9 raid by Lebanon’s national police and security force. Helem, Lebanon’s LGBTQI advocacy organisation, provided that update today, … Continue reading

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Comment: Africa isn’t anti-gay, ‘just hopelessly confused’

An insightful commentary in the pan-African publication Mail & Guardian Africa notes not only that African countries are far from united in their attitudes toward homosexuality, but also that many individual countries have self-contradictory laws. An excerpt from the article … Continue reading

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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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