Entry #10190: Censorship of LGBT Issues in Syria

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RegionSyria
IssueCensorship of LGBT Issues
StatusState-enforced
Start Date1949
End Datenow
DescriptionArticle 208 of the Penal Code (1949) prohibits "offensive public utterances" in writing, graphics, images, and other forms of expression. Before the civil war, it was reported that films with LGBT content were censored. In June 2022, it was reported that Syria's Directorate of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection confiscated around 600 rainbow kites as their designs were similar to the pride flag and therefore "indicating homosexuality". Various articles of Law No. 93 (1958) allow the Ministry to appoint or remove board members, disallow political participation, foreign funding, and allow the registration to be rescinded at will. Further, Article 35 allows any Board decision to be suspended “if it deems it to be against the law, the public order or morals”. This legal framework appears to pose severe barriers to the formal registration and the operation of an organisation working on sexual and gender diversity issues.
Sourceshttps://database.ilga.org/syria-lgbti https://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/


Revision History (12)

Revision by Nathan. Correction

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueNo censorshipState-enforced
Start Date(NONE)1949
NoteNo Official censorship Article 208 of the Penal Code (1949) prohibits "offensive public utterances" in writing, graphics, images, and other forms of expression.
Before the civil war, it was reported that films with LGBT content were censored. In June 2022, it was reported that Syria's Directorate of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection confiscated around 600 rainbow kites as their designs were similar to the pride flag and therefore "indicating homosexuality".
Various articles of Law No. 93 (1958) allow the Ministry to appoint or remove board members, disallow political participation, foreign funding, and allow the registration to be rescinded at will. Further, Article 35 allows any Board decision to be suspended “if it deems it to be against the law, the public order or morals”.
This legal framework appears to pose severe barriers to the formal registration and the operation of an organisation working on sexual and gender diversity issues.
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No Official censorship Article 208 of the Penal Code (1949) prohibits "offensive public utterances" in writing, graphics, images, and other forms of expression. Before the civil war, it was reported that films with LGBT content were censored. In June 2022, it was reported that Syria's Directorate of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection confiscated around 600 rainbow kites as their designs were similar to the pride flag and therefore "indicating homosexuality". Various articles of Law No. 93 (1958) allow the Ministry to appoint or remove board members, disallow political participation, foreign funding, and allow the registration to be rescinded at will. Further, Article 35 allows any Board decision to be suspended “if it deems it to be against the law, the public order or morals”. This legal framework appears to pose severe barriers to the formal registration and the operation of an organisation working on sexual and gender diversity issues.
Sourceshttps://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/https://database.ilga.org/syria-lgbti
https://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/
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https://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/ https://database.ilga.org/syria-lgbti https://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/

Revision by Canadianstudent03. Previous status highly incorrect

Old Value New Value

Revision by Canadianstudent03. Previous status highly incorrect

Old Value New Value
Value(REMOVED)No censorship
Note
Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm.
No Official censorship
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Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm. No Official censorship

Revision by GeorgieTheOrgie. Update

Old Value New Value
ValueState-enforced(REMOVED)
Note

Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm.

Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm.
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Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm. Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm.

Revision by Canadianstudent03. As according to the current information

Old Value New Value
ValueNo censorshipState-enforced
NoteNo laws prohibiting LGBTQ issues

Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm.
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No laws prohibiting LGBTQ issues Censorship of LGBT-related content is common, and there are limited spaces for public discussion or advocacy for LGBT rights. LGBT individuals often kept their identities hidden to avoid persecution or harm.

Revision by GeorgieTheOrgie. Inaccurate Status

Old Value New Value
ValueImprisonment as punishmentNo censorship
NoteAssad’s authoritarian regime is one of the most restrictive globally
No laws prohibiting LGBTQ issues
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Assad’s authoritarian regime is one of the most restrictive globally No laws prohibiting LGBTQ issues

Revision by JohnQuebec98. Unfortunately, over 90% of Syria is now under Assad’s control

Old Value New Value
Value(REMOVED)Imprisonment as punishment
NoteThere are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Turkish and Kurdish held territories.
There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Regime, ISIS, Nusra and FSA territories.
Assad’s authoritarian regime is one of the most restrictive globally
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There are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Turkish and Kurdish held territories. There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Regime, ISIS, Nusra and FSA territories. Assad’s authoritarian regime is one of the most restrictive globally

Revision by GeorgieTheOrgie. Inaccurate Status

Old Value New Value
ValueNo censorship(REMOVED)
NoteThere are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.There are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Turkish and Kurdish held territories.
There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Regime, ISIS, Nusra and FSA territories.
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There are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics. topics in Turkish and Kurdish held territories. There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics in Regime, ISIS, Nusra and FSA territories.

Revision by GeorgieTheOrgie. Inaccurate Status

Old Value New Value
ValueImprisonment as punishmentNo censorship
NoteThere are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.There are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics. no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.

Revision by Pizzaslices412653. Punishable by imprisonment

Old Value New Value
Value(REMOVED)Imprisonment as punishment

Revision by GeorgieTheOrgie. Data only applies to certain territories

Old Value New Value
ValueImprisonment as punishment(REMOVED)

Revision by JordanB3047

Old Value (Original) New Value
ValueNo censorshipImprisonment as punishment
NoteIn Syria, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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In Syria, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics. There are laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
Sourceshttps://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/
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https://coar-global.org/2021/06/22/lgbtq-syria-experiences-challenges-and-priorities-for-the-aid-sector/
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