LEBANON ARRESTS 25-YEAR-OLD LESBIAN REFUGEE ON THEIR WAY TO AUSTRALIA

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12/27/2021

A Jordanian LGBTQI+ ‘rights defender’ and refugee on their way to Australia has been detained in Lebanon. According to Amnesty International Australia, AOA, a 25-year-old lesbian, non-binary activist was arrested on December 21, 2021, in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut. Amnesty International Australia stated in a Christmas Day media release that AOA is a “vocal and courageous advocate for women and LGBTQI+ rights”. They had been granted a humanitarian visa by the Commonwealth government, and were apprehended by Lebanese police two days before they were supposed to fly out to Australia. They will be extradited to their homeland of Jordan where they may face persecution, and it is believed that their “prominent family in Jordan” is “manipulating [their] repatriation”.

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