The Sisi government’s repression of Egypt’s LGBT community

EgyptFebruary 23, 2015 – Reported by The News – Under the pretext or preserving public morality gay men have found self-described the Egyptian Ministry of Interior’s “vice squad” (a euphemistic term with connotations eerily reminiscent of “moral police”) charging and arresting them for “debauchery”. Their rights are, like many of their compatriots, pretty much non-existent, especially if they are deemed by the authorities to be a threat to the security of the state or public morality.

Remember, this isn’t Saudi Arabia, Iran or Gaza. This is today’s Egypt under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Even though his regime has tried to promote itself as secularist it certainly isn’t very liberal and has taken some questionable actions which it apparently thinks will ameliorate a disgruntled populace who have had to endure years of, often very violent, instability, terrorism and political repression. Things which are clearly not going to end anytime soon. The present government claims to represent what Egyptians sought in the 2011 revolution, yet resembles more and more that of the authoritarian Mubarak regime which Egyptians of all sectors of society rallied together in the streets to protest against in January 2011…story continues below…

via The Sisi government’s repression of Egypt’s LGBT community | LGBT | The News Hub.

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