"Stop Homophobia," a graffiti reads in Beirut, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanese NGOs Wednesday called for the immediate release of 27 men who were detained on charges of being gay after police received a tipoff that a group of men were at a Turkish-style hammam in a Beirut neighborhood.On Aug. 9, a unit with the judicial police's Moral Protection Bureau raided the Agha hammam after a detainee told police at the Hbeish police station in Hamra that gay men sought "sexual encounters with other men" there, the NGOs said in a joint statement. All clients remain in custody at the detention center, the statement said, quoting a colonel at the police station.
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