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Egyptian report shows decrease in LGBTI rights and increased arrests
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Egyptian report shows decrease in LGBTI rights and increased arrests

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 20 May 2014 15:19 Written by // Cec Busby

A report conducted by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) has shown an increase in LGBTI arrests and incidents of mistreatment and torture by local police.

The report suggests the rise in violent incidents began in November 2012 when seven people were arrested in an apartment in Nasr and taken to the police station. According to the report, 77 LGBTI people have been arrested in the ensuing period.

Human rights activists monitoring the arrests suggest there has been an increase in violence and mistreatment, particularly of gay men and transgender people during this time.

Already this month 11 people have been arrested in Cairo, five of whom were charged with sexual depravity. Activists are also reporting harsher sentences for those arrested and convicted.

According to reports on gaystarnews, in April 2014, four people were arrested in Cairo, two of the group were trans. Within a week of their arrest, the first defendant was given an eight-year sentence and the other three were given three-year sentences.

The report also indicated many LGBTI people who had been arrested were subjected to violent or degrading treatment. Some interviewees told of how they had received an anal probe.

In a violation of privacy, police have also been allowing the photographing and videoing of detainees and at times their full names and photographs were being published.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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