1. [...] The Amina hoax: “You took away my voice” In the past week it has been revealed that Syrian lesbian blogger, ‘Amina’ was a hoax. One of the repercussions is that real LGBT activists living under the Syrian regime have effectively been discredited and now face additional risk from the authorities. Two activists respond. [...]

  2. [...] During the past week – due to the chance that a person may have been in Syrian custody, and therefore may have been at risk of torture – the ‘Amina’ hoax diverted the energies, time and resources of international human rights organisations, journalists, and the US State Department, among others, from the events actually taking place in Syria. And it has placed activists within Syria at greater risk of harm. [...]

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