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February 25, 2013
Sudan court case begins of nine gay men arrested in police raid on famous singer’s flat A public order court in Khartoum, Sudan has begun deliberating a case of nine men who were arrested and beaten for being gay. According to LGBT rights activists in Sudan, a private gathering of gay friends at a well-known singer’s flat was raided. Those attending were arrested and beaten by Sudanese police, leaving them badly bruised. In the first court hearing police stated that a flat in Al-Safia neighborhood, in Khartoum, was raided after neighbors spotted and were ‘angered’ by the attire of the men
November 14, 2012
Sudan’s government blamed gay school sex for rising HIV infection rates, while the opposition slam leaders for promoting homosexuality and AIDS Teenagers sodomising younger boys at school is apparently the ‘reason’ for the rapid rise of HIV cases in Sudan’s youth, according to a report broadcasted by the country’s Blue Nile TV. The report featured a medical doctor employed by Sudan ministry of health who stated that ‘sodomy has had an alarming growth in the education system’ and that senior students force younger to have sex with them in school toilets, ‘spreading the AIDS epidemic’. Sudan is gripped in a state of moral panic created by the report, which was broadcast last wee
August 16, 2012
Hactivists from Anonymous claim to have taken down 73 Sudanese government sites for two hours as they demand LGBT rights in Africa Cyber activists have hacked 73 official government websites in Sudan, including the president’s, as they continue to demand LGBT people in Africa are given rights. Sudan has one of the most severe laws regarding homosexuality. The judicial system is based on Shari’a law and according to Article 148, capital punishment applies should the offense be committed either by a man or a woman. For gay men, lashes are given for the first offence, with the death penalty following the third
March 30, 2012
Rainbow Sudan shines a light on gay and lesbian life in a country where homosexuality is still punishable by death A new online lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender magazine in Sudan, north Africa, is a first for the country where homosexuality is still punished by death and an opportunity for gay people to start discussing their lives and hopes for the future. Rainbow Sudan published articles discussing topics including being gay in Sudan, the history of homosexuality in the country, Islam and sexuality, being lesbian and Muslim, poetry and more
December 15, 2011
Navi Pillay’s report urges countries to stop using the death penalty against same-sex lovers The United Nation’s top human rights official has urged countries to stop using the death penalty against gays. Countries including Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen still execute homosexuals. Navi Pillay’s appeal came in a report released on Thursday (15 December) to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council. In June, the UN passed a resolution condemning anti-gay discrimination for the first time
19 men are flogged in public and are fined 1000 Sudanese Pounds (approximately 400 US dollars) for cross-dressing A Sudanese court has sentenced 19 men to flogging in public and a fine of 1000 Sudanese pounds (approximately 400 US dollars) for breaching the country’s morality code by wearing women clothes.
The alleged transvestites, whose public flogging yesterday was witnessed by some 200 people, were caught last month when the police raided their private party in a flat in Omdurman town. Some local newspapers reported that the party was thrown to celebrate same sex marriage. According to Reuters, the trial judge said that the police found the men dancing in “a womanly fashion” The men had no defense lawyers to represent them. One lawyer told Reuters on condition of anonymity that legal advocates were afraid to take on such a defense.
“These people did not get a chance for justice,” he said, adding that “public opinion and the media prejudged them and lawyers were too scared to come and defend them.”
Sudan Tribune, August 5, 2010
Seven men are convicted of ‘indecency’ for wearing lighting makeup during a fashion show and are fined 200 Sudanese pounds A Sudanese court convicted seven men of indecency on Wednesday after police accused them of wearing makeup during a fashion show in Khartoum, their lawyer said.
The men, amateur models at the “Sudanese Next Top Model Fashion Show” in June, were arrested by the public order police, a body known for its crackdowns on perceived indecent dress and drinking in the Muslim north, one defendant told Reuters.
All seven were found guilty on Wednesday and each fined 200 Sudanese pounds, as was a woman who faced the same charge for applying the makeup, said lawyer Nabil Adib.
“The court thought that they were indecently dressed … The judge thought that wearing makeup could be offensive for men and allowing a woman to put makeup on men was against the law,” said Adib.
The lawyer said he had argued in court that men, including religious preachers, regularly wore makeup for appearances on Sudan’s state television station. The defendants could have faced a maximum punishment of 40 lashes and imprisonment, said Adib.
Sudanese U.N. official Lubna Hussein was briefly jailed for wearing trousers in public after being found guilty for the same offence in 2009, a case that drew international criticism.
Reuters, December 9, 2010