Queer Pakistan website pulled by Pakistani government
Government authorities in Pakistani have pulled the plug on fledgling LGBTI website QueerPK.com which went online in July.
The LGBTI resource site has been banned from viewership in Pakistan.
This week the site’s content manager’s tweeted:
“It’s official! QueerPK is banned from viewership in Pakistan
Members of Pakistan’s LGBTI community trying to access the site are now greeted with a message urging them to surf safely and advising them the site is banned. “The site you are trying to access contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan”.
"Our website does not contain any explicit or offensive content so the PTA decision to close down the website without any notice is unconstitutional and opposes freedom of speech," Queerpk.com's founder, who did not want to be named, told BBC Urdu.
"Mostly, us homosexuals use this website to bring forward health-related issues as sex education is a taboo in this country.”
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch, Asia told CNN the government’s blocking of Queeerpk.com clearly violates internationally recognised rights to freedom of expression and non-discrimination, and should be lifted immediately.”
Homosexuality is illegal in Pakistan.