Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Egypt crackdown targets human rights defenders

LGBT people aren’t directly targeted in Egypt’s latest wave of repression, but that’s because no advocacy group for sexual minorities enjoys any sort of official recognition there. The latest crackdown in Egypt focuses on staff members of prominent human rights organizations, many of whom have been summoned on charges including “receipt of illegal foreign funding” … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Us vs. them (Egypt): Deport me!

Second of two articles about the challenge of breaking through emotional barriers that people erect between themselves and victims of persecution who act or look unlike them. This article, by activist/commentator Scott Long, focuses on the difficulty keeping relatively affluent Westerners’ interest in non-white victims of repression, particularly in news coverage of Egypt. The previous … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

al-Sisi’s Egypt: 26 arrests last night, totals now a record 109

This article was updated January 4, 2015. The total charged in this matter was 26 people. With the latest raids, Egypt now holds the dubious record for the country with the largest number of reported arrests for homosexuality in such a short time, in a single country in recent times. Several sources reported today that the Bab … Continue reading

Commentary / Middle East / North Africa

Mesures de répression en Égypte: Pourquoi maintenant ?

Publié le 11 juin 2014 Rédaction :  Denis LeBlanc et Colin Stewart (Also published in English) Une nouvelle, vaste répression policière contre les personnes LGBTI est en cours en Égypte, avec 77 arrestations depuis octobre 2013. Mais pourquoi ces mesures de répression? Et pourquoi maintenant? Militant de longue date et commentateur Scott Long fournit des quatre … Continue reading