“Modern Liberalism”: Assad’s Approach to Attacking Freedoms… How Did Asma al-Assad Involve the Issue of Homosexuality in Her Visit to China?
As part of a systematic strategy by the Syrian regime, Asma al-Assad recently targeted the LGBTQIA+ community, considering it the cornerstone of “modern liberalism.” In an attempt to portray LGBTQIA+ individuals as a weapon created by the West to threaten values and ethics in society, she made these remarks during a speech to university students […]
Joint statement| Addressing Escalating Hate Attacks and Criminalization of the LGBTQIA+ Community in Iraq
In recent times, a distressing surge of hate attacks has been witnessed in the Middle Eastern region, particularly in Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. Of grave concern is the intensifying wave of these attacks within Iraq, posing a dire threat to the tapestry of societies and the fundamental human rights within the region. In a deeply […]
The fear of authority against homosexuality in Iraq… How has it affected marginalized individuals? Homophobia in Iraq… What are the politicians’ motives and how did it impact the LGBTQIA+ community? “I feel like I’ve become like a wall… without any emotions, I’ve lost the desire to socialize and interact with others. I have difficulty sleeping. […]
For the first time in history, Syrian LGBTQIA+ will be involved in the decision-making process for the future of Syria!
We in the Guardians of Equality Movement are pleased to share with you the news of a significant milestone for the representation of the Syrian LGBTQIA+ community at the official international level. The Guardians of Equality Movement has been invited for the first time to participate in the Brussels Conference organized by the European Union, […]
The forced deportation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon must cease. The signatory human rights organizations condemn the continued forced deportation of Syrian refugees from their host territory to Syria by Lebanese authorities. Such forcibly returned persons may be at immediate risk of arrest, torture, rape, sexual violence, enforced disappearances upon their arrival in Syria, and […]
On 6 February, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake centered in Gaziantep, Turkey heavily impacted Southern Turkey and Northern Syria. This earthquake was followed by other large-scale earthquakes throughout the day, causing more than 6,000 buildings to crumble. With Guardians of Equality Movement (GEM) headquartered in Gaziantep, our staff and beneficiaries have been highly affected by this earthquake. […]
On 6 February, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake centered in Gaziantep, Turkey heavily impacted Southern Turkey and Northern Syria, killing over 47,000 people and injuring thousands. This has since been followed by 6.4 and 5.8-magnitude earthquakes on 20 February in areas that were already severely destroyed. With Guardians of Equality Movement (GEM) operating from Gaziantep and remotely […]
Every year in June, Pride Month is celebrated to recognise the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals have made in local, national, and international settings. This month, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month events attracting millions of participants worldwide. Memorials are held during this […]
Background: Sarah Hegazy was an Egyptian lesbian and queer political activist. In 2017, Sarah was detained for three months and tortured in prison after her public appearance at Mashrou’ Leila concert in Cairo, a band in which the singer is openly gay, waving the pride flag that symbolizes the LGBTQI+ community around the world. As […]
The crisis in Syria has affected millions of people both economically and politically, with losses affecting hundreds of thousands. Such crises highly impact the most vulnerable groups, including minorities and LGBTQIA+ individuals. The LGBTQIA+ community has continually faced discrimination on a social and political level in Syria, and were one of the first communities to […]