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Egypt – fresh arrests signal LGBT crisis is far from over

A fresh wave of arrests in January 2018 signals that Egypt’s anti-LGBT crackdown is far from over. 

Our partners in-country tell us that last month a further 13 LGBT people have been arrested, which has sparked new fears among Egypt’s LGBT community. 

The crackdown started when concert goers waved rainbow flags at a concert in Cairo last September. 

 

So far, a total of 88 LGBT people have been arrested.

 

So far, a total of 88 LGBT people have been arrested. They stand accused of “debauchery”, “inciting debauchery”, “promoting sexual deviance” and “belonging to a banned group” – charges which carry up to 15 years in prison and which are often used by the Egyptian authorities to target those suspected of being LGBT. Over 40 individuals have already received prison sentences, with some reporting being subject to beatings, sexual harassment and forced anal examinations.  

 

Now the Egyptian parliament is seriously considering a draft law that would explicitly criminalise homosexuality by imprisonment of up to 5 years

 

Now the Egyptian parliament is seriously considering a draft law that would explicitly criminalise homosexuality by imprisonment of up to 5 years – or even 15 years if a person is convicted on multiple charges under different provisions of the law. A representative from the Alliance of Queer Egyptian Organisations told us:

“If passed into law, the Egyptian authorities will have even greater incentive and power to target and arrest LGBT people. International pressure is needed now more than ever.”

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