CSBR Solidarity Statement with Demands for Justice Against the Abuse and Degradation of Non-heteronormative bodies by the Municipality of Dekwaneh, Lebanon
The following statement is a direct response to a severely abusive, racist, transphobic, homophobic, and xenophobic incident that occurred in the municipality of Dekwaneh in Lebanon two weeks ago and is a call to action against police violence and brutality in Lebanon.
Please read and endorse our solidarity statement and circulate it widely to fellow Global South organizations by sending an email to solidarity.lebanon@gmail.
There have been escalations since the drafting of this statement whereby Minister of Interior, Marwan Charbel, made an official statement saying "Lebanon is against faggots, and by Lebanese law its considered a felony." He ignored, and therefore condoned, the fact that non-heteronormative bodies (trans* and other) bodies were violated in inhumane and disgusting means and condoned the racism against Syrians living in Dekwaneh.
We are hoping for heavy endorsement by organizations and associations in Lebanon and across the Global South and a strong statement of South to South Solidarity to Lebanese officials.
*FOR WIDE DISSEMINATION*
Solidarity with Demands for Justice Against the Abuse and Degradation of
Non-heteronormative bodies by the Municipality of Dekwaneh, Lebanon
People across Lebanon have risen up against the injustice perpetrated by the Municipality of Dekwaneh last Saturday April 20th, 2012. Antoine Chakhtoora, Municipality Mayor of Dekwaneh, ordered his internal security forces to raid and close a Club frequented by people with non-heteronormative sexual orientations and gender expressions. Internal Security Forces were also ordered to conduct the arbitrary abduction in trunks of police cars and abuse and degradation of 4 persons, one of which who was ordered to strip in front of police officers at the Municipality Headquarters under the supervision of the Mayor to ‘check whether she was a man or a woman’. Pictures of the naked body were taken by municipality police officers under Chakhtoora’s directions and distributed on mainstream media. Chakhtoora :