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Academic and theatre director Ghotboddin Sadegh has come under fire after saying he wants to 'purge' a Tehran district from the LGBTQ+ community.

In-depth: Amnesty International's annual report for 2020/21 reveals the scope of the abuses Middle Eastern governments perpetrated while the pandemic was raging.

Iraqi-Kurdish MPs slams arrest of <em>LGBTQ</em>+ activists in Iraq

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Iraqi-Kurdish MPs slams arrest of LGBTQ+ activists in Iraq

An Iraqi-Kurdish MP criticised the arrests last week of people 'suspected' of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Sulaimani.

Exit from women's treaty splits Turkey's activists

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Exit from women's treaty splits Turkey's activists

A top aide in Erdogan's government has said withdrawal from the treaty is due to the LGBTQ movement's push to normalise homosexuality.

Israeli-Palestinian event refused advertising space for 'controversial' memorial service

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Israeli-Palestinian event refused advertising space for 'controversial' memorial service

Combatants for Peace were denied advertising billboards by an Israeli company, who claimed the adverts were too controversial.

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Tunisia rights activist walks free after appeal

Tunisian activist Rania Amdouni was released after having been sentenced to six months in jail for insulting police officers.

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Turkish communist-led municipality to give LGBTQ workers Pride holiday

A new agreement between the municipality and a public workers' union offers extended leave to a variety of groups.

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Palestinian-Israeli lawmaker slams rival for 'being used' by Netanyahu

The United Arab List broke away from other Palestinian-Israeli parties over its support for the Likud Party.

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White supremacist propaganda surged in 2020, report says

The Anti-Defamation League has reported a rise in the amount of white supremacist propaganda released in the US last year.

Amnesty urges release of Tunisian <em>LGBTQ</em> activist

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Amnesty urges release of Tunisian LGBTQ activist

The human rights organisation has called on Tunisian authorities to drop the charges against Rani Amdouni ahead of her appeal hearing on ...

Zaina Erhaim

Polarisation gnaws at Syria's hopes for reconciliation

Comment: Ideological polarisation in Syria has left no room for nuance, and deprived Syrians of the social fabric necessary for reconciliation, ...

The female DJs smashing boundaries of social gender inequality

Anu Shukla

The female DJs smashing boundaries of social gender inequality

We crossed continents to speak with female DJs who have cultivated a spectrum of projects in the face of political instability and gender ...

Tunisians protest to demand release of jailed activist

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Tunisians protest to demand release of jailed activist

Rania Amdouni, a 26-year-old LGBT rights campaigner, has been the target of a smear campaign by police unions after taking part in protests ...

How Palestinian-singer Bashar Murad challenges conservative norms with music

Elias Jahshan

How Palestinian-singer Bashar Murad challenges conservative norms with music

The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and ...

Tunisian activist jailed for 'insulting' police while lodging complaint

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Tunisian activist jailed for 'insulting' police while lodging complaint

The lawyer of a Tunisian gay rights and democracy activist said she was accused of 'insulting' police officers and sentenced to prison while ...

The New Arab Staff

Libya: Ten years after uprising, abusive militias evade justice

It is the 10-year anniversary of the overthrowing of Gaddafi, and not much as changed, Amnesty International argues.

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Myanmar coup leader: 'Join hands' with army for democracy

The leaders of Myanmar’s coup have called on people to work with them for democracy, as people continue to protest on the streets.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In transient Dubai, expats struggle to find love

Expatriates in Dubai are failing to find love, with some put off by ostentatious displays of wealth.

Tharwa Boulifi

A gradual return to dictatorship in Tunisia?

Comment: Tunisians' biggest fear remains the return to a dictatorial regime that crippled their country. Recent events suggest they have good ...

Erdogan compares <em>LGBTQ</em>+ and student protestors to terrorists

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Erdogan compares LGBTQ+ and student protestors to terrorists

'This country will not be a place where terrorists prevail. We will never allow this', Erdogan said when speaking about LGBTQ+ and ...

The New Arab Staff

Twitter restricts 'hateful' LGBTQ posts by Turkish interior minister

Two of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu's tweets have now been restricted for 'violating the Twitter rules around hateful conduct'.

The racist legacy of outgoing US President Donald Trump

Narjas Zatat

The racist legacy of outgoing US President Donald Trump

It is Donald Trump's last official day as President of the United States, and his departure is a good time to look back on his problematic ...

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi says vaccine ‘can turn people gay’

The New Arab Staff

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi says vaccine ‘can turn people gay’

An ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi told his followers the Covid-19 vaccine is a global conspiracy to “establish a new world order” and "turn people ...

Deplatforming Trump is no atonement for tech's sins abroad

Jillian C. York

Deplatforming Trump is no atonement for tech's sins abroad

Comment: Debate over deplatforming Trump misses the point: That from India to Myanmar, Silicon Valley has failed to police hate speech for ...

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