Lebanon’s LGBTQ community faces digital exploitation, blackmail

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02/27/2023

Lebanon’s LGBTQ community is no longer safe online, as its members have become a target of both security officers and private individuals seeking to exploit them. In a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) last week, the human rights organization documented extensive cases of digital targeting of the LGBTQ community through interviews with 90 people in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Tunisia. Rasha Younes, the senior LGBTQ rights researcher at HRW, said that security forces across these countries have been monitoring social media and digital platforms and persecuting members of the community based on their online activity.

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