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A new law empowers the Indian state to legally and economically punish journalists in Kashmir for publishing 'fake news' and 'anti-national content'.

Algeria has intensified its crackdown on an anti-government protest movement in a bid to discourage demonstrations once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Turkey transgender woman sues neighbours over years of harassment

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Turkey transgender woman sues neighbours over years of harassment

Turkish trans woman Ajda Ender has finally had her lawsuit accepted by a court after more than a decade of 'gender-based harassment' and 'threats'.

Detained Kuwaiti transgender woman released after social media backlash

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Detained Kuwaiti transgender woman released after social media backlash

Maha Al-Mutairi, who was detained was released Monday night, according to her legal representative.

Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

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Kuwait transgender woman imprisoned after speaking out on abuse

Social media users rallied around a Kuwaiti transgender woman who surrendered herself to police after she spoke out on her alleged sexual ...

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Malaysian launches test case against Islamic gay sex law

A Malaysian man is mounting the first legal challenge to the country's law against gay sex, in a bid to combat the growing persecution of the LGBT community.

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Morocco's LGBT community is living in fear

A month after gay men were outed in Morocco, Ramadan and the Covid-19 lockdown have only made matters worse for the LGBT community.

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Man in Turkey detained for hanging towel to dry

The towel with a United Kingdom flag motif reportedly incensed the Iranian man's neighbours during a national holiday.

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Former Rouhani aide 'apologises' for supporting LGBTQ families

According the Islamic Penal Code, any action which "contributes to the spread of homosexuality" is punishable by up to ten ...

Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

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Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

Rights groups are concerned with the way some North African countries are controlling citizens during Covid-19 lockdown.

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Jordan sentences middle-aged rapist of 7-year-old girl to death

A man in his forties found guilty of tricking and raping a 7-year-old girl on her way home from school will be hung to death, Jordan's supreme ...

Jordanian teenage girl stabbed in suspected 'honour' killing

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Jordanian teenage girl stabbed in suspected 'honour' killing

The Jordanian teen is the latest victim of femicide in the conservative Middle Eastern kingdom, after being stabbed over a Facebook account.

Comoros ex-president to appeal after 2 years' house arrest

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Comoros ex-president to appeal after 2 years' house arrest

Ahmed Abdallah Sambi has said he wants to appeal his house arrest.

Tunisian authorities deny country's 'first gay marriage'

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Tunisian authorities deny country's 'first gay marriage'

A marriage that took place in France between two men - including one Tunisian - has reportedly been registered in Tunisia, making it the 'first ...

Gay Moroccans 'outed and abused' after photos leaked online

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Gay Moroccans 'outed and abused' after photos leaked online

Gay men in Morocco are facing abuse and homelessness after being kicked out by family members following a targeted abuse campaign to 'out' their ...

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Saudi Arabia eliminates death penalty for minors

Saudi Arabia ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record.

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Algeria blocks three news websites amid coronavirus crackdown

The CPJ has criticised Algeria after it blocked three news websites, and called on the country to end its attack on free press.

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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 ...

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Coronavirus fears prompt worries about migrant workers in Tunisia

Thousands of migrant workers in Tunisia are vulnerable due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new report shows.

Tunisia's health minister breaks down over coronavirus on TV

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Tunisia's health minister breaks down over coronavirus on TV

Tunisia's health minister broke down in tears 'of strength' over the public's inability to adhere to the government's coronavirus measures.

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Tunisia warns coronavirus lockdown violators could face manslaughter charges

The Tunisian interior minister has warned that people violating movement restrictions imposed due to coronavirus could be charged with ...

Lawyers in Lebanon fight back against torture and impunity

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Lawyers in Lebanon fight back against torture and impunity

Torture in Lebanese detention centres remains a widespread practice carried out with impunity. One group of lawyers, however, is fighting ...

Sudan 'plans to repeal' death penalty for apostasy

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Sudan 'plans to repeal' death penalty for apostasy

The transitional government is planning to criminalise "takfir", the act of declaring someone an apostate, according to a member of a key ...

No country for young women? Myanmar's battle against rape

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No country for young women? Myanmar's battle against rape

The UN has warned violence against women and girls is a "silent emergency" in the country, with incidents spanning groping on public transport ...

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