Egypt

LGBTI Rights in Egypt


ADDED ON: 03/29/2020

Egypt denies existence of LGBT people

The government of Egypt has told UN member states that it cannot protect LGBT people’s rights because it does not recognise that they exist. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that Egypt made…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2020

In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s…

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ADDED ON: 03/21/2020

Egypt’s Denial of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Egyptian government is refusing to recognize the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, flouting its responsibility to protect the rights of everyone. On March 12, during its third…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2020

Repression in Egypt: 92 LGBTIQ+ arrests last year

Egyptian police continued to harass LGBTIQ+ people last year, entrapping some of them through dating apps and arresting dozens of others at random on the street. That persecution keeps happening even though,…

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ADDED ON: 07/17/2019

Egyptian Authorities Free Trans Woman and LGBT+ Activist After 4 Months in Prison

After four months in solitary confinement in a male prison, Malak al-Kashif, a transgender woman who was arrested for being a part of a “terrorist group”, was released yesterday as per the…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2019

Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

The 64th session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, was a sad time for the African continent’s human rights body. Human rights…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2019

Egyptian Transgender Woman Forcibly Arrested, at Risk of Torture and Sexual Violence

19-year-old Malak al-Kashef, who recently had sex reassignment surgery, has not been heard from ever since she was taken by the Egyptian national security at the early morning hours of March 6.…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2019

Fears for transgender Egyptian woman held in men’s prison

An Egyptian transgender woman arrested for inciting anti-government protests is at risk of torture and sexual violence, activists and rights groups have warned. Malak al-Kashef, 19, has undergone gender reassignment surgery, but…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

WHO OWNS THE FIGHT FOR LGBT+ RIGHTS IN THE ARAB AND MUSLIM WORLD?

Tarek Zeidan, executive director of Lebanese LGBT+ rights group Helem, said it is positive that LGBT+ issues in the Arab world were being talked about at big event but he does not…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

The irony: Egypt proud of Rami Malek’s win amidst LGBT crackdown

Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek's Oscar win was not only remarkable, but also controversial. His victory sparked a string of various debates - one of which the status of the LGBTIQ+ community in…

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ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Egypt is a rabidly homophobic country, solidly situated on the list of 73 countries in the world that have made gay sex illegal and it’s getting worse. A recent and most egregious example…

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