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The Queer Opportunities & Challenges on International Women’s Day

ANKH Association, in collaboration with the Barra Al-Soor initiative, invites you to attend and participate in a virtual discussion on Monday, March 8 at 7 o'clock Paris time, 8:00 PM Cairo time.

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RIGHTS OF LGBT+ PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: A FIGHT FOR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Even today, seventy countries still penalise homosexuality and in eleven of them homosexuality is punishable by death.

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All people have an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination, and stigma. International human rights law establishes legal obligations on States to ensure that every person, without distinction, can enjoy these rights. 

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French President Emmanuel Macron should strongly press Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to address human rights violations before his upcoming visit to Paris, particularly to release arbitrarily detained activists and human rights defenders, 17 organizations said today.

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STOP THE TORTURE OF LGBTQI+ IN MENA REGION 

“Middle Eastern and North African countries must prohibit Conversion Therapy as a form of torture and a blatant violation of human rights,” ANKH and 27 civil society groups said today in a joint statement to the United Nation Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to MENA region countries and health professionals. 

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Roundtable on the Health of LGBTQI + Asylum Seekers on Saturday

Indeed, the right to health and access to healthcare is a constant issue for LGBTQI+ people around the world. However, this issue is even more strongly expressed for asylum seekers in France.

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​Twenty two regional and international organizations send an open letter to the Facebook administration to express concerns about the spread of hate speech against the LGBTIQ+ community in the MENA Region.

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LGBTQ Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Status and Hope.

LGBTQ Rights are fundamental human rights. However, many countries in the Middle East and North Africa have laws on the books criminalizing homosexuality. 

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