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Contact Lebanese Officials to Condemn the Arrest of Two Lesbians

26 August, 2002

Dear Sirs,

We are the Institute pro Lebanese Equality for Gays and Lesbians; a non-profit private organization set up by the GayLebanon Group in 1998 to serve and represent the Lebanese Queer (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Transvestite) community locally and abroad. Our aim is to promote the legal, social and cultural equality of our community whilst providing support and social networks, objective newscasts and assessments as well as other services related to our cause.

A Daily Star newscast dated August 23, 2002 and titled "Two lesbians arrested for ‘unnatural’ sex" concerning two lesbians being arrested in Lebanon because of their homosexuality has come to our notice.

Our regional unit in Lebanon confirmed the substance of the Daily Star newscast.

Our past efforts of contacting Lebanese officials to express our concern and to proclaim our condemnation have constantly failed to make a difference.

We are aware of the conservative social settings of Lebanon and the negative societal attitude towards the homosexual community; however this does not entitle the deprivation of liberty of homosexuals by the Lebanese government nor warrants the torture and abuse sanctioned by the Lebanese police. Through this system of human rights abuses, Lebanon is breaching many international covenants and human rights conventions of which it is a member, not to mention basic human integrity.

Therefore we propose that you join us in condemning this latest of many events in which homosexuals were victims of ill-treatment. We also recommend that the many different Women organizations in Lebanon extend their supports and services to the two lesbians because of their twofold inferior status in the Lebanese legal system as they are 1-women and 2-homosexuals, extremely prone to being abused, raped, tortured and denied judicial fairness and justice.

Included are the addresses of different Lebanese Governmental and Diplomatic departments where letters and emails of protestation can be sent.


Arz Mouhrab
LEGAL Director—The Institute pro Lebanese Equality for Gays and Lesbians

LEGAL Institute:
FAX / Voicemail: + 1—208—4934273


Lebanese Parliament
General Email:

Lebanese Parliament Speaker
H.E. Nabih Berri:

Lebanese Parliament
Vice-Speaker H.E. Elie Ferzli:

Lebanese Ministry of Justice
Minister of justice:

Lebanese Human Rights Parliamentary Committee:

Lebanese Constitutional Council
General Email:

Lebanese Parliamentary Justice Committee:

Ministery of Justice
Complaints and General Email:

Internal Security Forces (Lebanese Police)
General Email:


More addresses of Lebanese Diplomatic Missions

Emails of Lebanese Parliament Members

Lebanese Embassy Ontario-Canada
H.E. Raymond Baaklini, Ambassador
640 Lyon Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3Z5
Telephone: (613) 236-5825,-5855
Fax: (613) 232-1609

Lebanese Consulate General Montreal-Canada
Mr. Khalil El Habr, Consul General
40, Chemin Cote St. Catherine Outremont, Quebec
Tel:+1 (514) 276-2638
Fax: +1 (514) 276-0090

Lebanese Embassy Berlin-Germnay
H.E. Mohamed Issa, Ambassador
Berlinerstrasse 126-127 13187, Berlin Germany
Tel:+49 (30) 4749860 Fax:+49 (30) 47498666

Lebanese Embassy London-UK
H.E. Jihad Mourtada, Ambassador
London W 4RA 21 Palace Gardens Mews London
Tel:+44 (207) 7276696 Fax:+44 (207) 2431699

Lebanese Embassy The Hague-Netherlands
H.E. Michel El Khoury, Ambassador
Frederick Straat 2 2514 LK La, Haye Netherlands
Tel:+31 (70) 3658906 Tel Fax: +31 (70) 3620779

Lebanese Embassy Pretoria-South Africa
H.E. Michel Gehchan, Ambassador
290, Lawley Street Waterkloof 0181 P.O. Box 941 Groenkloof
Tel:+27 (12) 3467022 Fax:+27 (12) 3647022

Lebanese Permanent Mission to the UN
H.E. Salim Tadmouri, Ambassador
866 United Nations Plaza Suite 531-533 New York, NY 10017
Tel:(212) 355-5460 Fax: (212) 838-2819

Lebanese Representation to the UNESCO
General Email

Lebanese Consulate General Los Angelos-USA
Mr. Charbel Wehbe, Consul General
7060 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 510 Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel:+1 (323) 467-1253 Fax:+1 (323) 467-2935

Lebanese Consulate General New York-USA
Mr. Ramy Mortada, Consul General
9 East 76th St. New York, NY 10021
Tel:+1 (212) 744-7905 Fax:+1 (212) 794-1510

Lebanese Embassy Washington-USA
H.E. Farid Abboud, Ambassador
Washington DC 2560 28th, Street NW Washington, DC 20008
Tel: +1 (202) 939-6300 Fax:+1 (202) 939-6324

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