- Cracking down on homosexuals in Egypt authorities carry out anal examinations
- Fans held up the rainbow flag during Mashrou’ Leila gig in Cairo September 23
- Some 33 have since been arrested following the show of support for LGBT rights
- They are charged with ‘inciting immorality’ Egyptian security officials said
- Hamed Sinno, 29, lead singer of Mashrou’ Leila, from Lebanon, is gay
Via: Rod Ardehali
Egyptian authorities have carried out anal examinations on people suspected of being gay in order to determine whether they have had gay sex.
Police arrested 33 people in the a crackdown on the gay community in Egypt after a rainbow flag was raised at an indie concert, say human rights activists.
In a statement, Amnesty said at least five of those arrested were subjected to anal examinations to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations – a practice it said amounted to torture and was scientifically unsound.
‘The authorities must urgently halt this ruthless crackdown and release all those arrested immediately and unconditionally,’ said Najia Bounaim, Amnesty’s North Africa campaigns director.
Local media launched a highly critical campaign against those who raised the rainbow flag at a Mashrou’ Leila concert, a popular Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead singer is openly gay.
Two men were arrested in relation to the flag incident but one has been released. The remaining arrests were unrelated to the flag incident but have all been over the perceived sexual orientation of them.
At least ten men were arrested between September 28 and 30 and six others earlier that week, judicial sources said.
All 16 went on trial on Sunday charged with ‘promoting sexual deviancy’ and ‘debauchery’, euphemisms for homosexuality. A verdict is due on October 29.
One man has been sentenced to six years in jail over similar charges.
Although homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, it is a conservative society and discrimination is rife.
Gay men are frequently arrested and typically charged with debauchery, immorality or blasphemy.