3 arrests in Morocco for clothes that are ‘too feminine’

Temara is located just south of Rabat on the Moroccan coast.
Meknès is located east of the capital, Rabat, near Fès.

Police in Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch, in the Meknès region of Morocco, recently arrested three men on charges of homosexuality and wearing “clothes that resemble those of women.”

Activists at the Akaliyat collective, which combats discrimination against sexual and religious minorities, denounced the arrests. Witnesses at the scene said there was “no reason” for the men to be arrested.

“They were arrested on the street while they were walking during the religious festival that Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch organizes every year to celebrate Aid Al Mawlid,” the collective stated. “They had rented a room  like most visitors. They did not behave contrary to public decency or morals. Police arrested them for wearing clothes that were supposedly too feminine, labeling them homosexuals who deserve to be condemned.

Police also reportedly assaulted them verbally and physically in order to humiliate them in public before taking them to police custody. Akaliyat denounced this as an abuse of power.

Sources: Le Site Info, Infos LGBT

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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