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LGBTQ+ people ‘arrested and abused’ in Qatar ahead of World Cup

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LGBTQ+ people were detained and subjected to “ill-treatment in detention” in Qatar as recently as last month, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

There were at least six cases of “severe and repeated beatings” reported, as well as five incidences of “sexual harassment in police custody between 2019 and 2022.” Some faced arrest in public places solely because of their gender expression, with there even being claims that security forces unlawfully searched the phones of detainees.

Transgender women were ordered to attend government-sponsored sessions of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in order to be released, the report adds.

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