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‘Devastating and terrifying’: Taliban rule leaves LGBTQ+ Afghans with “no hope” of protection

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Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International’s 43-page report, titled ‘Even If You Go to the Skies, We’ll Find You’: LGBT People in Afghanistan After the Taliban Takeover’, is based on interviews with 60 LGBTQ+ Afghans in late 2021 – most of which were still in Afghanistan at the time, with others having fled to nearby countries.

Published on 26 January, it revealed that a large proportion of them were attacked or threatened by members of the Taliban because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Many have experienced abuse from others in the community, such as family members, neighbours and lovers who now support the Taliban.

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