A prominent LGBT activist has allegedly been held hostage and raped by an American who said he was angry about Donald Trump being mocked in France.
Zak Ostmane, a 35-year-old who came to France as a refugee after coming out as gay in Algeria, is a leading figure in the LGBT rights movement locally. He co-founded Shams-France group, an organisation which helps LGBT people who have come to France as refugees from countries in the Middle East for their own safety.
Mr Ostmane alleges that he was dancing at a bar in Marseille when his drink was spiked by two men, one of whom was American and the other was English, Pink News reports. He says the men subsequently took him to a hotel room against his will, where he was held hostage and raped.
He said: “One of them tore a sheet and tied my ankles and my wrists. I was kicked in the face and the chest. Then I was smashed against the wall and my nose was struck, there was blood everywhere... One of them went out and the other gave me a punch in the face, then sodomised me.
“I feel to the ground, I shouted with all my might, but one of the men took out a large knife and told me to be silent, otherwise he was going to kill me.”
He said that the American told him: “You people... you hate Trump. And you listen to black and Arabic music.”
LGBT rights across the globe
LGBT rights across the globe
Russia’s antipathy towards homosexuality has been well established following the efforts of human rights campaigners. However, while it is legal to be homosexual, LGBT couples are offered no protections from discrimination. They are also actively discriminated against by a 2013 law criminalising LGBT “propaganda” allowing the arrest of numerous Russian LGBT activists. (Picture: Riot police hold an LGBT activist during a Moscow rall.)
Men who are found having sex with other men face stoning, while lesbians can be imprisoned, under Sharia law. However, the state has not reportedly executed anyone for this ‘crime’ since 1987. (Picture: Chinguetti Mosque, Mauritania.)
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Homosexuality and transgender is illegal and punishable by the death penalty, imprisonment, corporal punishment, whipping and chemical castration. (Picture: The emblem of Saudi Arabia above the embassy in London.)
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The official position within the country is that there are no gays. LGBT inviduals, if discovered by the government, are likely to face intense pressure. Punishments range from flogging to the death penalty. (Picture: Yemen's southern port of Aden.)
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal and in some northern states punishable with death by stoning. This is not a policy enacted across the entire country, although there is a prevalent anti-LGBT agenda pushed by the government. In 2007 a Pew survey established that 97 per cent of the population felt that homosexuality should not be accepted. It is publishable by 14 years in prison. (Picture: The northern Nigerian town of Damasak.)
Homosexuality was established as a crime in 1888 and under new Somali Penal Code established in 1973 homosexual sex can be punishable by three years in prison. (Picture: Families use a boat to cross a flooded Shebelle River, in Jowhar.)
Although same-sex relationships have been decriminalised, much of the population still suffer from intense discrimination. Additionally, in some of the country over-run by the extremist organisation Isis, LGBT individuals can face death by stoning. (Picture: Purported Isis fighters in Iraq.)
Mr Ostmane says his ordeal ended when a police car drove past and he shouted out to alert the officers to him. They attended the scene and two arrests were made.
Images posted to social media, said to be of Mr Ostmane following the alleged incident show him with two black eyes and multiple cuts to his face, in what appears to be a hospital room.
In a statement, Shams-France said: “We strongly condemn this barbaric action and our thoughts are with our dear friend.”Reuse content