Taroudant, Morocco - A group of people called “ASWAT” Group for sexual minorities launched a campaign for the defense of gays and lesbians in Morocco.
Taroudant, Morocco – A group of people called “ASWAT” Group for sexual minorities launched a campaign for the defense of gays and lesbians in Morocco.
The group whose motto is “Love is not a crime” calls for the protection of the rights of same-sex minorities in the kingdom.
The organizers of this campaign intend to protest what they call the discrimination against homosexuals in Morocco.
Less than two weeks before the International Day against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, the group “ASWAT” posted a video on YouTube in which several civil society activists, Amazigh, journalists, university teachers and community activists call for the respect of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights in the country.
ASWAT for sexual minorities also launched a petition entitled “Say No to homophobia in Morocco” to demand the abolition of Article 489 of the Criminal Code, which criminalizes “licentious acts against nature with an individual of the same sex.
Under Article 489 of the Moroccan penal code, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable by between six months and three years in prison.
Held on May 17 every year, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is a rallying international event that raises awareness about the situation of LGBT all over the world and calls for the protection of their fundamental rights.
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