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LGBT community's outcry at World Coffee Championship being held in Dubai.

- Organisers rethinking location.


UAE Federal Penal Code, Article 354 states "whoever commits rape on a female or sodomy with a male shall be punishable by death".

A statement from WCE that “Dubai was selected to host the Cezve/Ibrik Championship, World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters Championship, and World Coffee Roasting Championship next September. [2018]” prompted condemnation internationally due to the UAE’s record for human rights abuses.

Public opposition to the location of the events has focussed around systemic human rights abuses, slavery and the very real risks faced by anyone from or associated to, the LGBT community by entering the UAE. Several hundred signatures were collected on a petition and WCE have been approached privately by many individuals.

Local law states that all sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is illegal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It carries a penalty of ‘confinement for a minimum period of one year’. But as has been seen recently with the case of the two trans people from Singapore who were arrested in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall for ‘looking feminine’ and numerous previous arrests for similar ‘crimes’, this is a much wider issue than sexual activity.