North African activists in 7 countries seek justice

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia for 2017 in Northern Africa.
Publicity for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia for 2017 in Northern Africa.


Human rights groups and LGBTI rights organizations from the seven countries of North Africa have joined forces today to seek recognition for the human rights of LGBTI people on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

It’s the first time that organisations from the seven countries of North Africa have ever been united in such a campaign, remarks Yahia Zaidi of the MantiQitna Network of Middle Eastern and North African activists.

He and Mohamed Alborgi, executive director of Rainbow Egypt, submitted this statement, which is modestly edited here:

[sogi] Regional North African Online IDAHOT 2017 campaign – Our Colours Are The Crime التهمة ألوان‎

We would like to present to your our regional North African IDAHOT 2017 online campaign, “Our Colours Are The Crime“.

#OurColoursAreTheCrime is the theme of our regional North African online campaign on the occasion of the World Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, 2017.

Seven groups from all 7 North African countries are participating in this campaign — Alouen Association (Algeria), Mawjoudin Association (Tunisia), Nouakchott Solidarity Association (Mauritania), Rainbow Egypt (Egypt), Rainbow Sudan (Sudan), Quzah Magazine (Libya), and Free Feminist Union (Morocco).

The streets mean a lot for the LGBTQI community. They are the battlefield where we can be exposed to all forms of violence, just for being ourselves, just for being on the streets. We are deprived of the most basic rights, citizenship … sense of security … the use of public property … not only us, but any person who is viewed as different in our society.

We invite you all to join us in this campaign by blogging, tweeting and publishing posts with your stories of violence in public spaces and on the street. Let the world see, hear and read about these human violations.

Our only crime is being different#OurColoursAreTheCrime

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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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