Two Men Arrested in Lebanon on Suspicion of Being Homosexual

The men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested in Beirut after being caught undertaking what was described in media reports as 'immoral activity'; under Lebanese law, homosexual conduct is punishable by up to a year in jail.


Police in Beirut arrested two men oin Friday morning on suspicion that they are gay, media reports claimed.

The two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested in the Ashrafieh neighborhood after being caught while undertaking what was called in media reports 'immoral activity' in a car belonging to one of the suspects.

Under Lebanese law, carrying out what is described as "unnatural" sexual intercourse is illegal, and punishable by up to one year in jail.

In July, 35 men were arrested during the screening of a pornographic movie on suspicion of being gay, after which all of them underwent anal examinations. Three of them were charged with being homosexual.

Physicians participating in the exam were warned by the Lebanese doctors' union that disciplinary actions will be taken if such exams continued to be conducted. Human Rights Watch joined the call, demanding Lebanese authorities immediately stop conducting anal exams on men suspected of homosexuality.

Measures taken against gay men in Lebanon are not exclusive in the Arab world, where in some countries men conducting homosexual relations can receive the death penalty.