Saturday, June 20, 2015


Loukoums, anyone?




Two Moroccan men jailed for four months
for 'kissing in public'


Two Moroccan men were jailed for four months on Friday for kissing in public, after a string of recent controversies over homosexuality in the conservative Muslim kingdom, said NGO officials who attended the trial.
The men, Lahcen, 38, and Mohsine, 25, were convicted of an "affront to public decency" and of an "unnatural act with a person of the same sex," and also fined 500 dirhams (£33), the sources said.
Defence lawyer Hassan Ettass told AFP he planned to appeal the sentence.
Homosexual activity is punishable in Morocco by up to three years in jail and the divisive law – known as Article 489 – has been the subject of several protests.
The names of the men and their photographs quickly appeared in local media, and the trial has attracted criticism from rights groups.
A petition launched at the opening of their trial last week has gathered more than 70,000 signatures worldwide.
The furore over homosexuality in Morocco boiled over last week when weekly magazine Maroc Hebdo was forced to withdraw its latest edition featuring a front cover headline asking: "Should we burn gays?"
The cover showed two young men at a swimming pool, smiling and gazing into each other's eyes.
Maroc Hebdo said it "decided to withdraw from sale and its website" the edition, "given the particularly strong reactions" it caused.
The issue said "homosexuality is, of course, an individual right", but added that debate on the topic had to take into account "moral and religious values".
The cover, first circulated on social media, drew instant criticism, with some commentators chiding it as "homophobic", but with its creators saying it was designed to provoke debate.
Morocco periodically jails people for committing "homosexual acts", the latest case coming in March when three men from the kingdom's northeast received three years in jail.
Local NGO Aswat said this week that 20 gay and transsexual people were arrested close to the popular coastal tourist resort of Agadir for "offending public decency". Read more... (Source: The Telegraph, June 19, 2015)


"Homosexuality is, of course, an individual right", but debate
on the topic must take into account "moral and religious values."


Vous reprendrez bien un loukoum !

Au Maroc, deux hommes condamnés
à 4 mois ferme pour homosexualité

Deux Marocains accusés de s'être embrassés en public début juin à Rabat ont été condamnés vendredi à quatre mois de prison ferme.
Lahcen, 38 ans, et Mohsine, 25 ans, étaient poursuivis pour "outrage public à la pudeur" et "acte contre nature avec un individu du même sexe". Les prévenus, absents au moment de l'énoncé du jugement, ont aussi écopé d'une amende de 500 dirhams chacun, soit environ 45 euros. La défense devrait faire appel, et va demander à la cour d'examiner les accusations de mauvais traitements qu'auraient subis ses clients en garde à vue. Une pétition, pour demander leur libération, a été lancée et a déjà récolté plusieurs dizaines de milliers de signatures.
Au Maroc, l'homosexualité est passible d'une peine de trois ans de prison, selon l'article 489 du code pénal. Des condamnations pour des "actes homosexuels" sont périodiquement rapportées par la presse marocaine. En mai, trois hommes ont ainsi écopé de trois années d'emprisonnement à Taourirt (nord-est). Lire la suite de l'article ici. (Source : Agence France-Presse, 19 juin 2015)

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