16 individuals sentenced to three years in prison and three years’ probation for “debauchery”, raising the total number of individuals sentenced for their perceived sexual orientation to 49 since 22 September.16 individuals sentenced to three years in prison and three years’ probation for “debauchery”, raising the total number of individuals sentenced for their perceived sexual orientation to 49 since 22 September. 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, drop all charges against them, and quash the sentences of those already convicted;
- Immediately end all forced anal examinations on detainees that are used to investigate charges related to real or perceived sexual orientation, as they amount to torture and other ill-treatment, and order a prompt, impartial, and effective investigation into the examinations that have already taken place and bring those responsible to justice;
- Reject the new bill criminalising “homosexuality” and any legislation which fails to recognise 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, privacy, and equality before the law.
Contact these two officials by 16 January, 2018: Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar Ministry of Interior Fifth Settlement, New Cairo, Egypt Fax: +202 2794 5529 -OR- +202 792 7189 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 Ambassador2) 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. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES