Two Young Men Sent To Prison In Morocco For Having A Gay Relationship

Moracco Gays

Two young men accused of being in a gay relationship have been sentenced to 18 months in prison in Morocco.

Morocco World News reports:

The charges resulted after a 20-year-old from Casablanca who lives in Tiznit in southwestern Morocco went to the authorities to file a lawsuit against another person he claimed threatened him with knives. After completing an investigation, the Royal Gendarmerie alleged that there was a secret homosexual relationship between the two young men that ended with threats of physical violence.

The Casablancan native revealed during police questioning that he had several homosexual relationships, mostly with men in Tiznit, but he retracted this confession once in court. Article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code punishes sexual activities between people of the same sex by prison terms of six months to three years. It also asserts that sexual relations out of wedlock are punishable by Moroccan law.

Last month, authorities in Morocco arrested two men who were seen kissing in a video that went viral on social media. The men were arrested in the southeastern city of Inezgane after residents were reportedly outraged by what they deemed to be “immoral” behavior.

Activist Kafir Jstani comments:

People are so missinformed about Morocco. Morocco is also a state that occupies another people = Western Sahara . They have also built a wall to keep the Saharoesse out of areas under there exploitation . Morocco steals hundreds of millions in fisheries and minerals from the Saharoesse and subjects those under it’s control to a brutal occupation that makes the west bank look like a holiday camp . Yet you will here none of this from groups like Queers for Palestine , they ignore Morocco because it’s not a Jewish state – as an Arab state they get a free pass on all the crimes that Israel is held to account on .But unlike Israel, Morocco has no visible homosexual community with legal right’s.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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