LGBTQ Movement in MENA

While there’s general consensus among Arabic-speaking delegations to oppose discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation, a recent report reveals how some are breaking rank when savvy LGBTQ organizations approach the UN.

In 2017, for example, 5 Tunisian LGBTQ organizations submitted a report to the Human Rights Council resulting in the delegation’s acceptance of 2 recommendations addressing LGBTQ discrimination and violence. Similar efforts resulted in legal and social wins in Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco.

While UN recommendations don’t automatically translate to safer communities, these wins challenge the notion of consensus among Arabic-speaking states in terms of LGBTQ rights.


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