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

Middle East / North Africa

Political tactics underlie Egypt’s ‘gay wedding’ arrests

Activist and commentator Scott Long describes the latest homosexuality-related arrests in Egypt and the country’s “moral panic” about a video of an alleged “gay wedding.” The following excerpts, but not the subheads, are from Long’s blog, “A Paper Bird.” The video that triggered outrage and arrests It lasts little more than a minute; it shows some … Continue reading