Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Solidarity! 26 Homosexuals under arrest in UAE, a strong USA ally

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in the United Arab Emirates has denied reports appearing in the media that hormonal and psychological “treatment” will be enforced on the 26 homosexuals arrested in Abu Dhabi on the 22nd of November. The “official” source at the ministry rejected the statement by the US State Department spokesman.

"They [the arrested individuals] have not been treated with hormones or any other medicines," the spokesman said. "What has been reported in the local and international media is wholly inaccurate."

The source said any punishment or prescription of “medicines” is not the concern of the ministry. “The judiciary is the sole competent authority that can act according to the laws and constitution of the country," he said. "Only the judiciary can issue appropriate rulings as per the UAE laws. He added that the role of the ministry was to “help” the arrested individuals and its obligation ended there. With this the MoI has ended the uproar against the threat of enforcing the hormonal “treatment”. The “official” has moved the issue from a human rights violation to an interior violation of the state laws.