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sara (user currently living in LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA) posted for lesbian bisexual readers on 01/05/2014 tagged with lgbt families, health, human rights, religion
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i've had a girlfrind that live in london i was happy with her and talking with her all day all night and in summer i went to london i was so happy to meet her it was fun we've meet 2 times the first time was perfect the second time was ok in that time i was goin to leave and come back to libya so we hugged a lot and kissed and we took a pic of us kissing , and she sent it to me but i didnt delete it and after we got back home and did everything i was listening to music and uhm dancing and i fell and my phone got broke the screen didnt work anymore so one of my cousins said she know someone who can fix it for free so i felt happy and i said ok she asked me for the password of the phone and i told her about it the next day they came to my house they have reed everything that me & my girlfriend say ! and i was in big trouble " my aunt and 3 cousins *girls* came and beat me so hard wtih hose i almost died and my mom got sick and she took my phone , laptop and everything away from me i lied and said i was joking about everything and im not bi , i felt dead and at that min i hated myself and suddenly my feelings for my girlfriend was gone , at night i felt so dead and alone i took a razor and started cutting myself just to forget all the pain i've been in .... it's not easy to be LGBT in libya
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Sara (user currently living in LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA) posted for lesbian bisexual readers on 01/05/2014 tagged with health, human rights +10
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i've had a girlfrind that live in london i was happy with her and talking with her all day all night and in summer i went to london i was so happy to meet her it was fun we've meet 2 times the first time was perfect the second time was ok in that time i was goin to leave and come back to libya so we hugged a lot and kissed and we took a pic of us kissing , and she sent it to me but i didnt delete it and after we got back home and did everything i was listening to music and uhm dancing and i fell and my phone got broke the screen didnt work anymore so one of my cousins said she know someone who can fix it for free so i felt happy and i said ok she asked me for the password of the phone and i told her about it the next day they came to my house they have reed everything that me & my girlfriend say ! and i was in big trouble " my aunt and 3 cousins *girls* came and beat me so hard wtih hose i almost died and my mom got sick and she took my phone , laptop and everything away from me i felt dead and at that min i hated myself and suddenly my feelings for my girlfriend was gone , at night i felt so dead and alone i took a razor and started cutting myself just to forget all the pain i've been in ....
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nour (user currently living in LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA) posted for transgender readers on 25/01/2014 tagged with religion +10
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hi,my name is vulla iam a transgender women from libya i live in tripoli .and as most of you know that libya is a muslim country ,its very hard to be a transgender women in a libyan community especially after the fall of qaddafi system and islamists predominate the country everday for me is a struggle attacks ,beating lots of hate to deal with no boyfriend to share with your life no friends its just alone with my sisters the only supportive my family estranged me my parents hate me and accuse me of bringing the shame to the family despite i have a degree from medicine , i do not know what to do i need only an organization to help me to get out of here iv spoken with hrw activist responsible for libya but it turned that she is a homophobic she refused even to meet me keep giving me excuses that she is busy even after the last attack in august 2013 ,,please i need some organization to help us me and my 2 sisters to leave for a society that is atheist friendly because we do not believe in god .....
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amani (user currently living in LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRIYA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual intersex straight readers on 03/01/2014
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Libya Tells UN Rights Council: “Gays threaten continuation of human race”
Published on February 13, 2012 in Libya. 20 Comments Tags: Gay Rights.

Libya’s post-suspension return marked by Islamist policy on gays

GENEVA, Feb. 13 – Gays threaten the continuation of the human race, Libya’s delegate told a planning meeting of the UN Human Rights Council today, reported the Geneva-based UN Watch monitoring group. It was the first appearance in the 47-nation body by the post-Gaddafi government, whose membership was restored in November following Libya’s suspension in March.

Protesting the council’s first panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, scheduled for March 7th, Libya’s representative told the gathering of ambassadors today that LGBT topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race.” He added that, were it not for their suspension, Libya would have opposed the council’s June 2011 resolution on the topic.

In response, council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre said that “the Human Rights Council is here to defend human rights and prevent discrimination.”

The Libyan outburst prompted questions by human rights activists about Libya’s reinstatement on the council.

“We were happy to see the Gaddafi regime finally suspended last year,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, which in 2010 led a campaign of 70 human rights groups to expel the Libyan dictator.

“Yet today’s shocking homophobic outburst by the new Libyan government, together with the routine abuse of prisoners, underscores the serious questions we have about whether the new regime is genuinely committed to improving on the dark record of its predecessor, or to pandering to some of the hardline Islamists amidst its ranks,” said Neuer.

In November, when the UN General Assembly reinstated Libya on the council, deputy UN envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi said “the new Libya deserves to return to the Human Rights Council to contribute with other members to the promotion of values of human rights.”

“No violations of human rights will take place on Libyan territory in the future and if it happens the perpetrator will never get away with it,” he vowed.

Despite the pledges, however, Neuer said “the restoration of the new Libyan regime to the council, supported by 123 states including all of the Western democracies, was carried out precipitously and without any record of its commitment to human rights domestically and abroad. The new rulers’ pledges are being broken.”

“Gays are now paying the price, with their right to be free from violent attacks now being undermined at the UN by a country that democratic countries fought to liberate, and by a goverment that our leaders helped install. It’s all very disconcerting.”
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amy (user currently living in SWEDEN) posted for lesbian readers on 20/03/2011 tagged with health
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(ANSAmed) - PARIS, OCTOBER 25 - Nessma Faraj, a Libyan girl who was arrested, raped and returned to her family which tried to force her into marriage after she announced on the internet that she is gay, has arrived in Metz travelling via Italy on a Schengen visa. France has authorised her to request asylum in the country. In fact she should have asked for asylum in Italy, the first country where she arrived. She only stayed in Italy for a few hours however, because France had decided to resolve the case using the sovereignty clause in the Dublin convention which regulates asylum requests since 1990.

Nessma's request is supported by 126 associations and around twenty local people. According to Lesbian Coordination France (CLF), the woman has presented document of the Libyan police to the French authorities which show that she had been arrested because of her homosexuality, a crime in Libya for which people can be convicted to three to five years in prison.

A recent report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees claims that it has become difficult for Libyans to request asylum in Italy after the signing of the Italian-Libyan agreement on the return of refugees to Libya.

http://www.ansamed.info/en/libia/news/ME.XEF06686.html
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