Egyptian activists have compiled a detailed report on the ongoing and increasing abuse of LGBT citizens by Egyptian police. Recent highly publicized arrests made after a rainbow flag was displayed at a Sept. 22 concert were “simply the latest episode in the systematic campaign” of repression, according to The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
Human rights activists are using an advocacy video, a boycott and an analytical political update in their efforts to block a new proposal for toughening Egypt’s already-harsh anti-LGBTQ repression.
A bill awaiting action in Egypt’s parliament would make the country’s ongoing anti-LGBT crackdown much worse, says activist analyst Scott Long.
“We will not let the world look away while people are detained, arrested, tortured and even disappear because they are ‘suspected’ of being gay.” That’s why activists are calling for an online “tweetstorm” today, seeking the end to Egypt’s latest wave of anti-LGBT arrests, detentions and trials.
More than 50 human rights organizations issued a statement today decrying widespread repression in Egypt, which came to a climax recently in a wave of arrests in response to the display of a rainbow flag at a music concert. Separately, Human Rights Watch on Saturday called on Egypt to halt the anti-LGBT crackdown.
Tunisia has pledged to the United Nations that it will no longer use forced anal testing in cases of homosexuality. But don’t rejoice too much, warns the online news site Kapitalis.com.
Police in Egypt reportedly arrested seven people after a rainbow flag was hoisted at a rock concert in Cairo last Friday, Sept. 22. The specifics of the incident remain unclear. Anti-gay Egyptians are outraged that such a display occurred. Gay-friendly organizations are outraged that such arrests occurred.
The United Arab Emirates should stop arbitrarily arresting transgender, gay, and gender non-conforming people on the grounds of a law that criminalizes men “disguising” as women, Human Rights Watch says.
In response to the murder of a hairdresser in northwestern Tunisia, the advocacy group Shams last week urged the Tunisian government to protect the LGBT community against violent homophobia. It was the country’s 20th homophobic murder since the Tunisian Revolution that launched the Arab Spring in 2010, according to Shams, which advocates the repeal of …
The Iranian LGBTQ community is preparing to celebrate Pride at home and abroad.