BY shruti  mokta

Why Amazon Restricts LGBTQ Products in the United Arab Emirates

There are around 69 countries in the world where being gay is criminalized, and...

Queer Criminalized map/Google

UAE is one of those

Even showing support for LGBTQ rights can also be considered ...

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an offence in UAE

why did amazon restrict lgbtq products

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Amazon finally gave in to pressure from the UAE and restricted the search results for LGBTQ products.

The company was threatened with penalties, and thus Amazon decided to restrict the searches.

The NYT story wrote, "The Emirati government gave Amazon until Friday to comply under threat of penalties, the documents show. It was not clear what those penalties would be"

NY Times/Google

The spokesperson of Amazon responded, “With Amazon stores around the world, we must also comply with the local laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.”

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Amazon spokesperson added, "As a company, we remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we believe that the rights of LGBTQ+ people must be protected"

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