April 16, 2015 – Reported by The Independent – Egypt has upheld the decision to deport a man to Libya after he was accused of homosexuality, in a case that human rights group fear could allow authorities to force gay migrants to leave the country or ban them from entering.
Ahram Online reports that Egypt’s administrative court rejected an appeal by the unnamed man on Tuesday, who was arrested in 2008 after a legal complaint was filed accusing him of being gay and he was subsequently deported.
The Libyan national had appealed the interior ministry’s decision to deport him on the basis that he needed to return to complete his studies at Cairo’s Arab Academy for Maritime Transport. However, the court upheld the ruling, claiming that it was in the public interest and in the interest of religious and social values.
Amnesty International said the decision to refuse him re-entry into the country sets a “very dangerous precedent” for migrants and refugees…story continued below…