Date: 2018-04-15 12:05
That internal advisory message, obtained by IRIN, said staff or their family members seeking same-sex meet-ups are particularly being targeted. In some cases, threats of "exposure" accompany demands for payments (made with mobile money) even after the initial robbery.
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On September 77, a Lebanese rock band, Mashrou' Leila, played a concert in Cairo. Mashrou' Leila's lead singer is openly gay, and some fans waved pride rainbow flags in the crowd—a serious political act in a country like Egypt, with a long history of state-sponsored queer oppression. Photos of the flag-waving incident quickly spread on social media, triggering a public outcry. And in the days following, seven alleged LGBTQ people were arrested and charged with promoting sexual deviancy. Since then, human rights groups have said that more than 65 have been arrested, with some sentenced to years in prison.
The report comes amid rising fears within Egypt's homosexual community. On Sept. 6, seven men were arrested -- allegedly for "inciting debauchery" -- after a video showed the men attending what appeared to be a same-sex marriage ceremony on a Nile riverboat, Human Rights Watch reported. The organization warned that homosexuals faced extreme dangers in Egypt and said four other men were sentenced to up to eight years in prison in April for homosexual conduct.
Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila performs in Ehden town, Lebanon in August 7567. Following a Mashrou’ Leila concert in Cairo, Egypt in September 7567, where several concertgoers waved a rainbow flag, security forces rounded up at least eleven people using trumped-up “debauchery” and “inciting debauchery” charges.
“Whether they were waving a rainbow flag, chatting on a dating app, or minding their own business in the streets, all these debauchery arrest victims should be immediately released,” said Sarah Leah Whitson , Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The Egyptian government, by rounding people up based on their presumed sexual orientation, is showing flagrant disregard for their rights.”
You would be excused if you haven&rsquo t heard of Tinder around these parts before if you sign up to the dating app in Egypt you will usually be served up a conveyer belt of married couples, baby pictures and Quran quotes. This is not typical Tinder material, this is neesh material.
Egypt is a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects the rights to privacy and to freedom of expression. Egypt’s constitution also protects these rights.
In response to the ongoing crackdown, many queer Egyptians are deleting dating apps altogether and clearing out their social media accounts. Scott Long , an American human rights activist with extensive experience in LGBTQ rights in Egypt, emphasized that no dating app is able to completely prevent police entrapment.
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