Greenwich Asks Carr to Intervene For Lebanese LGBTI

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Alex Greenwich MP has responded to the call for help by Helem, Lebanon, writing a letter to Foreign Minister Bob Carr. The original is here Lebanon policing 130501. He writes:

I write to raise concerns constituents have brought to me about a recent incident in the Lebanese town of Dekwaneh, north of Beirut.

The reports I have seen state that the Dekwaneh mayor ordered an illegal raid and shut down an LGBT-friendly club called Ghost. These reports indicate that four people were arrested and taken to the local police station, including one transsexual person. According to these reports, these people were stripped naked, photographed, and attacked verbally, physically, and sexually. I understand that some people were trussed up and transported in the car boots.

I share community concern about this abusive treatment and breach of human rights.

Could you please urgently liaise with the Lebanese Government to prevent similar incidents and ensure improved treatment for LGBTI citizens and inform me what action you will take?

Lebanese LGBTI are also calling on Dekanweh’s twin city of Paramatta to intervene on their behalf.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)