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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.

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

Iranian cleric claims Covid vaccine turns people gay

The New Arab Staff

Iranian cleric claims Covid vaccine turns people gay

Ayatollah Abbas Tabrizian has taken to social media to claim that the coronavirus vaccine is turning people gay and that his followers should refuse the jab.

'We will fight for Germany,' Holocaust survivor to far-right

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'We will fight for Germany,' Holocaust survivor to far-right

Holocaust survivor Charlotte Knobloch called for a stronger defence of Germany's 'fragile' democracy and issued a searing rebuke to the far ...

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 ...

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the social gains of the revolution.

The New Arab Staff

Turkey slaps 18+ rating on rainbow, LGBTQ products

Products with the rainbow colours or references to LGBT must now be sold with an 18+ rating on e-commerce sites, the trade ministry said.

Horriya Marzouk

Sisi intensifies human rights crackdown as Biden era nears

In-depth: As the countdown to the end of a friendly Trump administration begins, Sisi's crackdown on human rights defenders is testing the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights in the ...

Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

Bangladesh has opened its first Islamic school for transgender Muslims, in a new win for LGBTQ+ members of the Islamic community.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

HRW urges Algeria to free men jailed for homosexuality

Human Rights Watch has called on Algeria to release two men sentenced to three years jail for homosexual relations and 44 other people ...

How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

Gaia Caramazza

How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

With same-sex relations criminalised in Tunisia, the queer community is usually forced to live in the shadows - but now an influencer is ...

Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

Critics say the move could limit the independence of lawyers and reduce the professional associations’ clout.

'It's permissible to mourn atheists, <em>homosexuals</em>,' 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 ...

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.

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, Amnesty International said.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Norway mosque shooter jailed for minimum 21 years

Self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Philip Manshaus was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison for a 2019 mosque attack near Oslo and murdering his ...

The New Arab

Iran FM flips the script on US over protests

Tehran's top diplomat altered a State Department statement on protests in Iran to berate the US over the killing of George Floyd and protests ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

Norwegian prosecutors seek 21-year sentence for mosque shooter

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Norwegian prosecutors seek 21-year sentence for mosque shooter

Norwegian prosecutors have called for Philip Manshaus, who admits opening fire in a mosque near Oslo in 2019, to be given the toughest possible ...

The New Arab

EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The representatives of Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union in Iraq marked the International Day Against Homophobia by raising the ...

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout ...

Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

The New Arab

Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

The influential Iran-linked cleric has previously been linked to the torture and killing of gay men in Iraq.

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.

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