LGBTQ+ activists forced to flee Jordan over government persecution

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12/06/2023

LGBTQ+ activists have been targeted by authorities in Jordan, in what human rights groups are calling a crackdown on free expression. Jordan’s General Intelligence Department (GID) and its Public Security Directorate reportedly intimidated several prominent activists in the country in an attempt to end gender and sexuality activism. Those targeted were reportedly threatened with violence, arrests and prosecution. A number of activists were forced to shut down their organisations or even flee the country. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 13 activists who said Jordanian security forces, particularly intelligence officials, repeatedly summoned them for interrogation, during which they were regularly intimidated.

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