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

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Same-sex affair in Morocco leads to 18 months in prison

Two young gay men were convicted of homosexuality on Feb. 1 and sentenced to 18 months in prison and a fine of 2,000 Moroccan dirham (about US$205), the Morocco World News reports. That article stated: The charges resulted after a 20-year-old from Casablanca who lives in Tiznit in southwestern Morocco went to the authorities to … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Campaign targets anti-gay law; Morocco jails three

Agence France-Presse reports: Three Moroccan men accused of homosexuality have been sentenced to three years in jail each by a court in northeastern Morocco, a rights group said on Monday. Homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden in the conservative North African nation. Hassan Ammari of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) told … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

2 Moroccan students to prison for ‘feminine appearance’

A court in Marrakesh, Morocco, sentenced two university students to three months in prison earlier this week, according to the website of Aswat Magazine, which serves the LGBT community of Morocco. The men were arrested for having a “feminine appearance.” Each of them was also fined 500 Moroccan dirhams (about US $61). According to newspaper … Continue reading

Faith and religion / Middle East / North Africa

Morocco tally: 81 trials for homosexuality in 1 year

Two Moroccan men sentenced to four months in prison for homosexual activity represent just a small sample of Morocco’s persecution of LGBT people, according to statements in an Associated Press report on the men’s trial.  AP’s coverage states: According to the latest figures available from the Ministry of Justice, in 2011 there were 81 trials … Continue reading