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

How to help Syrian LGBTI refugees preserve a safe space in Turkey
Middle East / North Africa

How to help Syrian LGBTI refugees preserve a safe space in Turkey

Syrian LGBTI refugees in Istanbul, Turkey, have organized weekly meetings, called  Tea&Talk, that provide a safe space for LGBTI Arabic-speaking refugees. The Tea&Talk gatherings serve as a resource where LGBTI Arabic-speaking refugees and asylum seekers can learn about housing, employment, sexual health, their legal rights, and the processes for refugee registration and/or application for resettlement … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Egypt, ‘one of the world’s biggest jailers of gay men’

Widespread official persecution of LGBTI people continues in Egypt, as described  in this excerpt from a Public Radio International article: In much of the Middle East, it’s getting more dangerous to be gay Just after it became known in June that the attacker of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub had pledged allegiance to ISIS, Egypt’s foreign ministry … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Homophobic attack on LGBTI rights defender in Tunisia

Front Line Defenders reports: On 29 August 2016, an unknown man physically assaulted LGBTI rights defender Mr. Bouhdid Belhedi in central Tunis, after the man recognised his affiliation to Shams LGBTI rights association. Bouhdid Belhedi is a LGBTI defender working on the defence of sexual minorities in Tunisia and against homophobia. He is a member … Continue reading