September 2019 updates

We have posted two transcripts from our July 2019 conference. Both are from the accountability strand, and more are on the way.

We have also posted the video of our Mr Gay Syria screening Q&A with Mahmoud Hassino, chaired by Brian Whitaker.

Mr Gay Syria screening, Manchester, Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 6.30pm
There will be another chance to see the film Mr Gay Syria, and to hear Mahmoud Hassino, in Manchester on 1st October. The Manchester screening is organised by a group of Manchester-based Syrians, in collaboration with Superbia and Rainbow Noir. See Superbia’s website for full details.

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Accountability challenges for humanitarian aid
Participants: Kholoud Mansour, Lund University; Rouba Mhaissen, Sawa for Development and Aid; Salama Mohammed Mubarak, humanitarian practitioner from Yemen; Ruairi Nolan, The Syria Campaign.

Read the full transcript.


Military accountability
Participants: Dmytro Chupryna, Airwars; Jennifer Dathan, Action on Armed Violence; Dearbhla Minogue, Global Legal Action Network.

Read the full transcript.


Mr Gay Syria Q&A



Q&A with Mahmoud Hassino, chaired by Brian Whitaker, at the Freedom Across Borders conference, London, 6 July 2019.

The film Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud a Syrian LGBTI activist and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international contest as an escape from their trapped lives and as a response to their invisibility.

Directed by Ayse Toprak, Mr Gay Syria won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival 2017, the Human Rights Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2017, Best European Documentary at Tirana Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary at Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival Roze Filmdagen 2018, the 4th OCAÑA Award to Freedom at the Festival de Sevilla, in Spain, and Grand Prix at the Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Mr Gay Syria is distributed in the UK by Taskovski Films.

Mahmoud Hassino is a journalist and blogger. He started Syria’s first LGBT magazine, Mawaleh. He is a refugee working with LGBTI refugees in Berlin.

Brian Whitaker is a journalist, former Middle East editor of the Guardian, and author of Unspeakable Love, Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East.