Egyptian activists: Anti-LGBT repression is getting worse
Middle East / North Africa

Egyptian activists: Anti-LGBT repression is getting worse

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) 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

Egyptian court acquits all 26 arrested in bathhouse raid

BuzzFeed reports: CAIRO — A Cairo court acquitted 26 men of charges of participating in a gay “sex party” at a public bathhouse in December. … No trial court [previously had] ever cleared Egyptians of charges of homosexuality in a high profile case, say human rights activists. The case became known throughout Egypt because a … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Egypt: new arrests; sentence reduced; German MP speaks out

Trans woman arrested. BuzzFeed reported that Cairo police arrested a 25-year old trans woman and her roommate on Sunday, December 28th.  As usual, local media is sensationalizing coverage with this case.  Police told local media that Malooka Aldlouah’s videos, posted on YouTube, were “hardcore” and advertised “sadistic sex.” However, her many videos posted to Facebook … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

النشطاء يدينون غارة منى عراقي Activists condemn Egypt raid

A statement written by activists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in the original Arabic language, followed by the English translation.   The statement is endorsed by 11 groups and coalitions in the MENA region. Published originally today by Scott Long at his blog: A Paper Bird.   Activists condemn TV presenter Mona … 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