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Amnesty International Condemns Egypt’s Attempts To Criminalise Homosexuality

Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila perform in front of rainbow flag

The human rights group Amnesty International have condemned a draft bill in the Egyptian parliament to criminalise homosexuality as part of a crackdown on the LGBTI community after a rainbow flag was waved at a open-air concert in Cairo on September 22.

The bill proposes jail time for up to five years imprisonment for first time offenders and up to up to 15 years if an individual is convicted on multiple charges of same-sex sexual activity. “Promoting or inciting homosexuality” is also punishable by up to five years in prison.

Convicted individuals could face three years imprisonment for public promotion or advertising of any LGBTI gatherings or parties, including on social media or displaying LGBTI symbols or signs, or producing, promoting, selling, or marketing LGBTI products.

The bill also includes a clause that allows authorities to publicly shame convicted individuals by publishing their names in national newspapers.

Amnesty believe that since the concert where the LGBTI flag was seen, more than 70 people have been arrested with some subjected to anal examinations that amount to torture, further calling the crackdown on LGBTI people in the country “another nail in the coffin for sexual rights in Egypt”.

 

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