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Lebanon No Longer A Safe Haven for Activism

Expand Activists at the opening session of the 2019 NEDWA conference, September 27, 2019. © 2019 via The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) Lebanon used to be known as a port in a storm for human rights defenders from the Arabic-speaking world – especially those working on gender and sexuality – to organize freely and without censorship. A major space for this was the annual NEDWA conference, hosted by the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE). Even as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people faced grave human rights violations over the years ranging from…

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