The Lebanese police tried to shut down the LGBT event


Lebanese General Security officers tried to end the conference, called NEDWA, on September 29, HRW reports. According to the report the authorities have disrupted the third day of the LGBT conference in the city of Beirut. They also allegedly took details of all its participants, which included those from strict Muslim countries where there is a capital punishment for homosexuality. The annual four-day conference is organised by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE), which advocates for LGBT+ rights. General Security officers, which work for the intelligence branch of Lebanese security forces, also questioned AFE executive director Georges Azzi, ordering him to cease the group’s activity and to cancel all the events, including that conference. “General Security’s latest efforts to shut down an LGBT conference in Lebanon is an attack on freedom of assembly rights and an attempt to silence the voices of courageous activists,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.


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