Afghan LGBTQI Activist’s Hunger Strike In Sweden Enters 7th Day

Friday, 09/15/2023

The hunger strike by Moheira Barakzai, an Afghan LGBTQI rights activist, in Malmo city of Sweden entered the seventh day.

On Thursday, she said that she wants the Swedish government to recognise the gender apartheid against LGBTQI people in Afghanistan.

She also called for the safe relocation of at-risk LGBTQI individuals from Afghanistan to Sweden.

According to her, many LGBTQI people in Afghanistan are at the risk of death. Many transgenders are homeless, they are not given jobs, and some of them have been threatened by their families or the Taliban.

She stated that despite seven days of her hunger strike, the Swedish government and the United Nations officials have not paid attention to her protest.

She added that human rights activists and LGBTQI rights activists in Sweden have not paid attention to her protest either.

This Afghan LGBTQI rights activist said that her health condition is deteriorating.

Barakzai started her hunger strike on September 7, seven days after the hunger strike of Tamana Zaryab Paryani and a number of other human rights activists in Cologne city of Germany.

Paryani, on September 12 had said that the first phase of her protest has been successfully completed because she has delivered her messages to the governments of Germany, the United States, and the United Nations.

She announced that keeping in consideration the deteriorating health condition of some of the people who were on hunger strike along with her, she ended her protest. She also urged other activists to end their hunger strikes.

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