Posts tagged 18 May 2018
La Beyrouth Pride annulée après l’arrestation de son coordinateur

La Beyrouth Pride a finalement été annulée, suite à l’arrestation de son coordinateur Hadi Damien. Il a été détenu durant une nuit à la gendarmerie de Hobeiche, à Beyrouth, et interrogé sur la base de la « traduction » de textes publiés sur le site officiel de cet événement.

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Exclusive: Beirut Pride founder says he was forced to cancel events after threats of immorality charges

Hadi Damien, the director of the eight-day festival due to take place between May 12 and 20, was held overnight at Hbeish police station on Monday.

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Lebanon Gay Pride Festival Cancelled By Authorities

Despite Lebanon being seemingly gay-friendly as it has one of the Arab world’s most open and active gay communities. Authorities ended the nine-day festival citing “censorship approval” according to a statement on the Beirut Pride website.

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Beirut Pride ends abruptly after authorities detain organiser

The organiser of Beirut Pride week, Hadi Damien, remains optimistic despite having been detained overnight.

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Lebanon: Police Shutter Pride Events. Crackdown, Arrest of LGBT Activist Violates Rights.

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces arrested a prominent LGBT rights activist and pressured him to cancel Beirut Pride events. The crackdown violates freedom of assembly and association and is a step backward in a country that has made progress toward respecting the rights of LGBT people.

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Despite Beirut Pride cancellation, the show must go on

May 17 marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and should have been celebrated in Lebanon during the Beirut Pride week with a storytelling night from the LGBTQ community. But the event, as well as the rest of the week's activities, were shut down by the Lebanese authorities.

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