February 5, 2015 – Reported by the HRC – A transgender woman in Egypt was sentenced to six years in prison. According to Buzzfeed, 25-year-old Malooka Aldlouah was charged under a law that criminalizes “debauchery” after police found and targeted Aldlouah through social media.
Police claimed that she posted inappropriate and “hardcore” videos of her dancing on Facebook and YouTube. Buzzfeed, however, reports that “While she does have many videos on YouTube and Facebook accounts [that] don’t appear to be explicitly sexual but show her dancing fully clothed or in lingerie.”
This arrest is just one part of intensifying crackdown on the Egyptian LGBT community since President El-Sisi came to power in 2013. Since last October, over 80 people have been arrested on accusations based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. On November 1, eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison after appearing in a video depicting an alleged same-sex wedding.
Additionally, 26 Egyptian men were arrested and charged under the same law in early December, but an Egyptian court of appeals upheld the acquittal of the 26 men late last month.