Tag Archive | Egypt

UN rapporteur: Egypt’s LGBT+ face horrific discrimination in housing

UN rapporteur: Egypt’s LGBT+ face horrific discrimination in housing

Gay Egyptians face “horrific” discrimination and harassment when looking for somewhere to live, a UN special rapporteur said, urging the government to give LGBT+ people better protection. At the end of a visit to Egypt this week, Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said LGBT+ people were being evicted, denied […]

Egypt: Filmmaker aims to show LGBT+ people are ‘not alone’

Egypt: Filmmaker aims to show LGBT+ people are ‘not alone’

The director of a new Egyptian movie about a secretly gay man preparing to marry a woman has said he wanted to let LGBT+ people in the Middle East know they are “not alone”. Sam Abbas, who also plays the lead character Rami, said the secrecy depicted in ‘The Wedding’ was a daily reality for […]

Egypt: Two held in anti-gay crackdown freed on bail

Egypt: Two held in anti-gay crackdown freed on bail

(Reuters) – Two people detained in Egypt in October, after allegedly waving a rainbow flag – a symbol of same-sex rights – at a concert, have been freed on bail, a lawyer representing them and a human rights NGO said yesterday, Tuesday 2nd. Sarah Hegazy, 28, and Ahmed Alaa, 21, were released and fined 2,000 […]

Egypt: US Dem Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Challenges Egypt On Anti-LGBT Actions

Egypt: US Dem Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Challenges Egypt On Anti-LGBT Actions

US Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, has asked the Egyptian speaker of the house to denounce Egypt’s attacks on LGBT people. She has also asked him to release those who have been imprisoned in recent assaults on the LGBT community, along with attacks on NGOs, saying they are doing “life-saving human rights work”. She states that […]

US: HRC Horror re Proposed Egyptian Anti-LGBTQ and Allies Legislation

US: HRC Horror re Proposed Egyptian Anti-LGBTQ and Allies Legislation

On Thursday (26th October), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, expressed horror over the news that a group of Egyptian lawmakers have proposed a broad anti-LGBTQ law criminalizing LGBTQ people and allies. “In the past two months, more than 60 LGBTQ Egyptians have been […]

UNHCHR: Alleged Detention Of LGBT People In Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia Should Be Investigated And Perpetrators Punished

UNHCHR: Alleged Detention Of LGBT People In Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia Should Be Investigated And Perpetrators Punished

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Rupert Colville, gave a press briefing yesterday, 13th October, in Geneva, stating that allegations of detention of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Indonesia should be investigated, and the perpetrators punished. Mr Colville stated: “We are deeply concerned by a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt […]

Egypt: Six Arrested In Crackdown On LGBT

Egypt: Six Arrested In Crackdown On LGBT

(Reuters) – Six Egyptian men arrested for ‘promoting sexual deviancy’ and ‘debauchery’ on social media were to be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their Sunday, October 1 trial, Amnesty International said on Saturday. Their arrest is part of a wider crackdown against homosexuality that started last week when a group of people were seen […]