3 arrests in Morocco for clothes that are ‘too feminine’
Middle East / North Africa

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

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 … Continue reading

2 arrests in Tunisia; protests block anal tests
Middle East / North Africa

2 arrests in Tunisia; protests block anal tests

Two men, age 20 and 21, were arrested on homosexuality charges yesterday in Sousse, Tunisia. The Tunisian LGBTI rights group Shams said that police ordered an anal test to “prove” their homosexuality, but Shams and the Tunisian Human Rights League protested, urging doctors at local hospitals to refuse to perform the test. As a result, the … Continue reading

Arrest of 2 girls highlights Morocco’s anti-LGBT persecution
Middle East / North Africa

Arrest of 2 girls highlights Morocco’s anti-LGBT persecution

The recent arrests of two teenage Moroccan girls for alleged homosexuality is part of a much larger problem, the Moroccan LGBT collective Aswat says. International attention has focused on Morocco’s anti-LGBT law because two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, were arrested in Marrakesh after a relative photographed them kissing on a rooftop. The relative … Continue reading

Moroccan police arrest two teenage girls for homosexuality
Middle East / North Africa

Moroccan police arrest two teenage girls for homosexuality

Police in Morocco arrested and jailed two teenage girls last week on homosexuality charges, the Moroccan news website Yabiladi reported. Sometime later, the girls were granted provisional release in advance of a court hearing scheduled for today [and later rescheduled for Nov. 25.] As of Nov. 5, a French-language petition seeking the girls’ immediate unconditional … Continue reading