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Civil mobilization to release a transgender woman in Lebanon


The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH), the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) and a group of social media followers launched calls during the past 24 hours for the release of Suzy, 50 years, who is one of the first transgender women of Lebanon. Suzy was arrested in Beirut last Sunday due to an absentee ruling in 2011 accusing her of involvement in unnatural relationships that are contrary to the rules of nature (Article 534 of the Penal Code) as well as of the practice of prostitution (Article 523 of the Penal Code), according to the website of CLDH. The latter also revealed that Suzy has confessed to the security forces that sometimes she has to sell her body to strangers in order to survive. While considering the prime reason for Suzy’s detention is her sexual identity, CLDH described it as a clear violation of human rights and the international conventions protecting those rights and to which Lebanon is a signatory. How can a person like Suzy who was rejected by her family and society be safe and live in peace, CLDH statement said, while pointing out that her age and illness could affect her overall health and emotional conditions. (L’Orient Le Jour, October 11, 2017)

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