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Jordan: Update to JOR27219.E of July 1997 on the situation of homosexual men in Jordan

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 23 March 2001
Citation / Document Symbol JOR36397.E
Reference 4
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Jordan: Update to JOR27219.E of July 1997 on the situation of homosexual men in Jordan, 23 March 2001, JOR36397.E, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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In its 1999/2000 edition, Spartacus International Gay Guide quotes the German embassy in Amman which stated that: "there is no visible gay scene in Jordan. Homosexuality is strictly prohibited and can lead to imprisonment" (663).

No further or corroborating information on the situation of homosexual men in Jordan could be found among the sources consulted.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Spartacus: International Gay Guide. 1999-2000. Edited by Robin Rauch. Berlin: Bruno Gmünder Verlag GMBH.

Additional Sources consulted

IRB databases

Two sources did not respond to a request for information.

Four sources did not have information on the topic.

Arabies [Paris].

Middle East International [Londres/New York].

Middle East Report [Washington].

Mideast Mirror [Londres].

Monde arabe Maghreb-Machrek [Paris].

The Lebanon Report [Beirut].

The Middle East [Londres].

Internet sources including:


Amnesty International

Arab Program for Human Rights Activists

Centre d'études et de recherches sur le Moyen Orient Contemporain

Damnon Guides

Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere

Gay and Lesbian Arab Society

Gay Web Travel


Human Rights Watch

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

Jordan Times

Middle East Times

Out and about online

Out/Law immigration

Queer Jihad

The Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR)

The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force

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