Police are not taking action against protesters who are against the Singapore government (possibly) removing an anti-gay law, and LGBT people in the Middle East might get their rights taken away.

Police Find No Criminal Offense At Anti-Repeal Protect Singapore

The police will not take action against the organizers of a 1,200-person townhall that urged for a "new political package" to preserve marriage, family, and children before the government considers removing a law that criminalizes homosexual sex. According to the authorities, the gathering did not violate any laws.

In response, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) acknowledged that the police had received complaints concerning the "Protect Singapore Townhall" event.

"Everyone, including religious groups, is entitled to their views on different matters, including on LGBT issues, and to express their views, so long as they do not denigrate any groups of persons and do not break any laws," MHA said to Today.




LGBT Communities In Middle East Face New Repression


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The Iraqi government revealed plans to pass legislation outlawing homosexuality. Iraq is one of three Arab-majority Middle Eastern nations that do not officially ban same-sex partnerships. Jordan and Bahrain are the other two.

If enacted, the measure would put Iraq in line with the rest of the region. Most other Middle Eastern countries criminalize same-sex relationships more explicitly, penalizing it with fines, prison time, and, in Saudi Arabia, the death sentence.

"The new law will hold homosexuals to account and impose the most severe penalties on them," Aref al-Hamami, a member of parliament who sits on the parliamentary legal committee, told DW.

The bill has yet to be voted on, but al-Hamami believes it will pass despite opposition from domestic and international human rights organizations.