November 9, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Stop Crackdown Against LGBTI Individuals (Egypt: UA 231.17)


The number of individuals arrested by Egyptian authorities for their perceived sexual orientation has risen to 76, with at least 32 individuals sentenced to prison. Meanwhile, the Egyptian parliament is debating a new draft law which would criminalize by law same-sex relationships if adopted.

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The number of individuals arrested by Egyptian authorities for their perceived sexual orientation has risen to 76, with at least 32 individuals sentenced to prison. Meanwhile, the Egyptian parliament is debating a new draft law which would criminalize by law same-sex relationships if adopted.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release all those detained on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation, quash the sentences of those already convicted and drop all charges;
  • Immediately end all forced anal examinations on detainees as they amount to torture and or other ill-treatment and order a prompt, impartial and effective investigation into the examinations that have already taken place;
  • Reject the new bill criminalizing “homosexuality” and any future legislation which fails to recognize and protect the rights of everyone, regardless of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, to freedom of expression and assembly, freedom from discrimination and equality before the law.

Contact these two officials by 21 December, 2017:
Minister of Interior
Magdy Abdel Ghaffar
Ministry of Interior
Fifth Settlement, New Cairo, Egypt
Fax: +202 2794 5529 +2027927189
Email: [email protected] -OR- [email protected]
Twitter: @moiegy
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Yasser Reda, Embassy of Egypt

3521 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 202 244 4319 -OR- 202 244 5131
Phone: 202 895 5400
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 231.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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