Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The United States has condemned the arrests of 26 gay men during a raid on a party at a hotel in the United Arab Emirates

BBC News:

Washington also warned the UAE that any attempt to administer hormone or psychological treatment would break international law.

Police launched on Tuesday disciplinary proceedings against an officer who published photos taken during the raid, but did not respond to the criticism.

Homosexuality is illegal in the UAE.

Police arrested 22 UAE men, one Indian, and three Arabs from neighbouring states at a hotel in Ghantut in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The authorities said 12 of the men had been dressed in women's clothes and make-up in preparation for a gay wedding.

A police spokesman said the foreigners were likely to be deported, while the Emirati men could be given hormone therapy if they consent.

The BBC's Gulf correspondent, Julia Wheeler, says there is a suggestion that agreeing to such treatment could be used as a bargaining tool for a reduction in an individual's sentence.

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said his government condemned both the arrests and government-ordered hormone and psychological treatment.

"We call on the government of the United Arab Emirates to immediately stop any ordered hormone and psychological treatment and to comply with the standards of international law," he said.

In the UAE there have been a number of cases of arrests of homosexuals in recent years, and a nightclub in Dubai was closed down for allowing an openly gay night to be held on its premises, our correspondent says.

One religious scholar has now called on parents to be vigilant of what he called "deviant" behaviour in their children.

Dozens arrested at mass Emirates gay wedding


At 7:05 PM, Anonymous The Guy said...

Gawd! My own government, going after the United Arab Emirates for cleaning up the streets (and public parks, public restrooms, bushes, YMCA toilets, etc.) Don't they have anything better to do than shill for GLAAD?

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think UAE has the right to treat these gay guys but it has to treat them kindely. Maybe they are sick or maybe they have some psyhological problems that have lead to this case (gay's party).

I know that these parties don't work in UAE's culture maybe that's why it wants to treat these guys.

I agree with the psychological treatment but I dissagree with the public flogging.

That's all what I have!

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I belive every country has the right to pratice the law accoding to there religion and cutural why when one dose so there will be another country(usa) condeming them to do so.this was not done at ther homes so you could say they had been injustice with privacy it was done in public places and if i say it again and "IF" you thing being GAY is OK why there is always in many countries they been point fingers at and there always fighting for GAY RIGHTS if its normal it could just be so.And just take a look at the people involved here chairman,vice chairman,law makers high ranking democrates talking about bilateral relations and politics involving it with "GAYS" come on PEOPLE.its totaly two different issues here.Would any one tell me if there son or even daughter come up and tell them that i'm a GAY it will make them proud...i have nothing against GAYS
its just that not to mix two different issues up.They could look in to better things in the world then this there people dieying every second for poverty as there thinking of how GAYS should be treated.Gays are happy and bashing...

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gayessim in UAE and all arab and Islamic world is forbiden by culture and religion ways.I personally agree to what ever the goverment of UAE has don to those men or young odults,cause as a parent who care about his child cant see them grow in a country which incuraige these acts(gayessim)and I feel so sorry for those who call them selves governors and presedents to see them encouraiging these horible acts . Do they like to see thire sons geting sexully ussed by another man for pleature ??!! unless the father himself is a gay that is diffirent issue.WakeUp people gays have thier own world we dont need governors,chair mans and low makers to be involved we need them to save the countries from wars ,povertiy , hunger and diseases.NOt threatening other countries (UAE)who know better of thier lows .

At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the next time we will hear that the US congressmen are condemning the use of loud speakers for prayors calling in Moslems countries. Thats the only thing left for them to worry about. I have no more to say

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't this weird? The united states is so worried about little issues in countries that are across the globe! WHY DIDN'T THEY SAY(OR DID) ANYTHING WHEN FRANCE BANNED HIJAB??

At 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all a mtter of customs. Homosexuality is gainst religious and traditions of UAE. It is totally an interior matter that no one has the right to interfere with.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is totally an interior matter that no one has the right to interfere with.

The problem is that many of the Muslims who are migrating to Europe and the United States share similar views which are not compatible with the socially liberal values of the West. Muslims are entitled to their own outlook on the world but they should not migrate to non-Islamic nations and bring those values with them.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Bradly Jones said...

I totally disagree with the USA. Sodomy should be stopped especially in such regions. what are they doing in a Muslim state parading their sexuality like that. It's wrong and disrespectful.

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