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Egyptian police and prosecutors have been accused of inflicting verbal abuse, extracting forced confessions and denying detainees access to legal counsel and medical care.

The transgender son of prominent Egyptian actor Hisham Selim was sued after posting an Instagram video in support of Sarah Hegazi, an exiled LGBTQ+ activist who died by suicide.

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

The New Arab Staff

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, homosexuals,' Egyptian cleric says

A cleric in Egypt clarified it is permissible to mourn the lives of atheists and homosexuals, after a debate was triggered by the death of queer feminist Sarah al-Hegazy.

Arab LGBT community mourns the loss of Sara Hegazy

Yousra Samir Imran

Arab LGBT community mourns the loss of Sara Hegazy

The death of Egyptian activist Sara Hegazy sent shockwaves through the Arab LGBT community.

For Sarah Hegazy: In rage, in grief, in exhaustion

Rasha Younes

For Sarah Hegazy: In rage, in grief, in exhaustion

Comment: Sarah Hegazy was driven to take her life by Egypt's state-powered, lethal patriarchy. As we continue to resist, may she rest, spared of ...

Mel Plant

Mashrou Leila frontman sings moving tribute to gay activist

The openly gay frontman of Lebanese alternative band Mashrou Leila has voiced his support for Sarah Hegazi, the Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist who died by suicide last week.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amnesty slams Egypt regime after suicide of gay activist

Egyptian LGBT activist Sara Hegazy, who took her own life in Canada where she lived in exile, had been "oppressed" by the Cairo government, ...

Danya Hajjaji

Egypt LGBTQ+ activist arrested for flying Pride flag dies

Social media users mourned the passing of Egyptian LGBTQ+ activist Sarah Hegazi, who was arrested and tortured by authorities for flying a ...

Emily Lewis

Coronavirus: Lebanon's LGBT+ community is locked down and unprotected

LGBT+ people in Lebanon, whose mere existence is already criminalised, often depend on community centres, tight social networks and dedicated ...

The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

Azhar Al-Rubaie

The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

LGBT Iraqis are fighting for their rights on the frontline of the country's protest movement.

The New Arab

Literature festival in UAE criticised by human rights groups

Hay Festival in the UAE is being held despite outcry over the country's poor human rights record.

Juliana Yazbeck modernises traditional sounds with conscious lyrics

Elias Jahshan

Juliana Yazbeck modernises traditional sounds with conscious lyrics

The New Arab Meets: Singer, songwriter and composer Juliana Yazbeck whose use of Western and Arabian string arrangements and beats tackles ...

Qatar-based US university cancels <em>Mashrou</em>' <em>Leila</em> event after backlash

The New Arab

Qatar-based US university cancels Mashrou' Leila event after backlash

An American university's Qatar campus was forced to cancel an event featuring Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila after hostile ...

Five reasons why Lebanon's protests are a 'millennial revolution'

Areti Jaber

Five reasons why Lebanon's protests are a 'millennial revolution'

Millennials are in the front line of protests demanding the overhaul of the political establishment and economic reform in this small ...

Lebanese fusion maestros Adonis bring protest spirit to London

Florence Dixon

Lebanese fusion maestros Adonis bring protest spirit to London

The New Arab Meets: Adonis, the four-piece Lebanese band taking their fusion of old Arabic classics and pop-rock anthems from humble village ...

The New Arab & agencies

Clerics force cancellation of 'immoral' Beirut gay pride opening

Members of the LGBT community enjoy comparatively more freedom in Lebanon than in most other Middle East countries but still have no rights and face constant harassment.

Sabiha Allouche

Making sense of Israa Ghrayeb's senseless killing

Comment: Sabiha Allouche explores the myths of 'Arab men', 'Arab women', and 'honour killings' in the wake of the death of Israa Ghrayeb, and ...

Karim Safieddine

Lebanon organises protest concert after Mashrou' Leila 'blasphemy' ban

In response to the cancellation of Mashrou' Leila's Byblos concert, independent activist groups organised a free gig entitled 'The ...

The New Arab & agencies

Dutch band pulls out of Lebanon festival in protest

Within Temptation joined other activists in protest after festival organisers last week pulled Lebanese indie group Mashrou' ...

<em>Mashrou</em>' <em>Leila</em> affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Nicholas Frakes

Mashrou' Leila affair highlights Lebanon's battle for free speech

Although its gig was cancelled under pressure from Christian groups, Mashrou' Leila have become a symbol in a country where ...

The New Arab

Lebanon cancels Mashrou' Leila concert 'to prevent bloodshed'

Lebanon's Byblos festival has canceled a concert by Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila which was set for next week after calls from ...

Lebanon's inquisitors invoke 'blasphemy' against gay-fronted band <em>Mashrou</em>' <em>Leila</em>

Kareem Chehayeb

Lebanon's inquisitors invoke 'blasphemy' against gay-fronted band Mashrou' Leila

Analysis: The crackdown on Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila over their pro LGBT+ rights stance and lyrics deemed 'offensive' ...

Lebanon must end religious 'hate campaign' against <em>Mashrou</em>' <em>Leila</em>

The New Arab

Lebanon must end religious 'hate campaign' against Mashrou' Leila

Several religious figures have called for the cancellation of the band's concert on August 9 in Byblos over the 'group's aims and the content of ...

Lebanon's <em>Mashrou</em>' <em>Leila</em> faces threats ahead of Byblos gig

The New Arab

Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila faces threats ahead of Byblos gig

The four-member indie band were targeted by a Facebook group named 'God's soldiers', which has threatened the band along with concertgoers in a ...

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