Persecution Alert

International condemnation of Chechnya’s crackdown on gays, detention centres reported

26 April 2017   Russian Federation

United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression

Faith healers to cure ‘LGBT problems’ could be permitted in hospitals

24 April 2017   Malaysia

Malaysia’s health ministry is permitting forms of so-called “spiritual healing” that practitioners claim can cure “LGBT problems”.

Under a policy on “tra

53 arrested in Nigeria for alleged same-sex wedding

20 April 2017   Nigeria

Nigerian police have reportedly arrested 53 young men who were allegedly participating in a gay wedding and charged them with "belonging to a gang of unlawful society."

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Two men arrested for having gay sex face up to 100 lashings

11 April 2017   Indonesia

Two gay Indonesian men have been arrested and face 100 lashes in a case that is drawing international attention to the enforcement of controversial new Islamic bylaws in the semi-autonomous Aceh pr

Tunisian police make LGBT arrests based on Facebook

10 April 2017   Tunisia

Shams, an LGBT rights group, has reported the arrest of a gay couple in Tunisia. They were charged with violating Article 230 of the Tunisian penal code, which provides for a prison sentence of up

'Anti-Romeo' vigilantes are targeting men for being gay in India

04 April 2017   India

Vigilante groups known as ‘anti-Romeo squads’, claiming to target inter-religious couples, have reportedly also been targeting gay men. The men are either assaulted or taken to the poli

Saudi Police allegedly tortured and killed two Pakistanis for dressing like women in public

05 March 2017   Saudi Arabia

Two Pakistani transgender women died after being allegedly tortured by Saudi Arabian police in Riyadh for dressing up as women in public. Saudi authorities reportedly raided a ‘Guru Chela Cha

Beauty and the Beast: Russia considers ban over 'gay moment'

04 March 2017   Russian Federation

Russian officials are coming under pressure to check if Disney's new film Beauty and the Beast breaches the country's law against "gay propaganda".

Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said a

Deputy Health Minister calls off plans to publish a ‘list of gays’

01 March 2017   Tanzania

Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kigwangall announced that Tanzania has backed out of its plan to publish a list of names of gay people, saying this would "destroy evidence". He had earlier called a p

Ivory Coast officials refuse to explain why two gay men were jailed

26 January 2017   Côte D'Ivoire

Authorities in the Ivory Coast have refused to explain why two gay men were arrested and jailed in a country that does not criminalise same-sex acts, and is widely regarded as a beacon of

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