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.