Defiant gay and lesbian activists gather in Morocco

Published: November 8, 2010

Members of Morocco’s nascent gay group, Kifkif, held activities for their national LGBT Day in the capital, last week.

"The highlight of the event was a panel discussion (on the) problems and challenges individuals face because of their sexual orientation, which prevents them from living in peace and safety, free from fear of symbolic or actual violence," said spokesman Karim Al-Samiti.

The assembled group decided to draft a letter to the authorities, to be signed by three of the group’s members, detailing LGBT human-rights violations in Morocco and reminding officials of various international human-rights treaties the nation has signed.

"The participants joined each other in blowing out the candles, wishing that one day the sun of freedom and tolerance shines on the homeland," said Al-Samiti.

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