CAIRO â€” Two international rights groups referred to as on Egyptian authorities on Sat. to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBTQ rainbow flag at a current concert in Cairo.
Human Rights Watch & Amnesty International additionally urged Egypt, a majority Muslim country of some 95 million people, to call off the anal examination of individuals detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether or not they have been engaged in same-sex sexual relations.
They stated the practice amounted to torture & referred to as it â€œabhorrentâ€� & scientifically unsound.
Homosexuality is very taboo in Egypt amongst Muslims & minority Christians alike, still it isn’t explicitly prohibited by law. Egypt recurrently arrests gay men, with large cops officers raids on personal parties or locations similar to public baths, restaurants & bars. In practice, they prosecute people under such charges as â€œimmoralityâ€� & â€œdebauchery.â€�
Egypt arrested (taken in to custody) at the very least seven people last week after footage of the rainbow flag raising surfaced on social media. The- occurrence happened throughout a Sept. 22 concert by Lebanese indie rock band Mashrouâ€™ Leila, a jazzy, electro-Arabesque group whose direct singer is brazenly gay.
Most Egyptians see homosexuality as a practice in that goes against aspect & faith and demand in that itâ€™s a social illness exported by a decadent West. At home, most homosexuals keep their sexual orientation a secret known solely to close buddies, fearing social stigma.
Local fiction & films with homosexual characters are rare & sometimes accompanied by their share of disagreement. Scenes involving sex or shows of affection between same-sex couples in foreign movies are censored.
The- media, notably celeb hosts of TV talk shows, routinely feed on tales concerning the arrest of homosexuals, taking the high moral ground & inciting authorities to do more to â€œcleanseâ€� the streets.
Both Amnesty & HRW stated of their Sat. statements in that a total of 11 people had been arrested (taken in to custody) 'cause the concert, held at an well-to-do mall in an japanese Cairo suburb.
â€œThese men ought to be let go instantly & unconditionally â€” not put on trial,â€� stated Najia Bounaim, Amnestyâ€™s North Africa Campaigns Director. â€œA sinister smear marketing crusade by Egyptian media against these believed to have raised the rainbow flag at the Mashrouâ€™ Leila concert, has given safety forces a green light to perform arrests of no less than 11 people based mostly on their asserted sexual orientation,â€� stated Bounaim.
Egypt ought to stop devoting state resources to searching down people for his or her sexual orientation & instead focus on enhancing its rights record, stated HRW, alluding to the continued crackdown by authorities on Islamists & secular pro-democracy activists while slapping draconian restrictions on street demonstrations & freedom of speech.
â€œWhether they have been waving a rainbow flag, chatting on a courting app, or minding their very own business within the streets, all these debauchery arrest victims ought to be instantly released,â€� HRWâ€™s Sarah Leah Whitson stated. â€œThe Egyptian authorities, by rounding people up based mostly on their presumed sexual orientation, is showing flagrant disregard for his or her rights.â€�
The- authorities maintains in that its top priorities are enhancing the economy & defeating Islamic militants waging an insurgency whose epicenter is within the Sinai Peninsula.
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