Egypt court releases two people arrested for raising rainbow flag at concert

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ABOVE: An Egyptian court has released two people who were arrested after they raised a rainbow flag at a concert in September. Photo by Ted Eytan; courtesy Flickr

An Egyptian court has released two people who raised a rainbow flag during a Cairo concert in September.

Egyptian Streets — which describes itself as an “independent, young and grassroots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets” — on Tuesday reported the Giza Criminal Court released Sarah Hejazy and Ahmed Alaa on $56.37 (1,000 Egyptian pounds) bail.

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Pence urged to raise anti-LGBT crackdown in Egypt

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Dozens of members of Congress on Monday urged Vice President Pence to raise Egypt’s anti-LGBT crackdown when he visits the country.

“In recent years, independent civil society groups have been the target of a concerted government effort to silence their voices and limit their ability to operate,” notes a letter that U.S. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and 71 others signed. “Minority groups, including religious minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have been the targets of discrimination and violence. Independent media organizations have been shuttered and dozens of journalists, bloggers and citizens have been jailed for their speech.”

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Egypt steps up crackdown on homosexuals, arrests 27

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality, arresting a total of 27 in a little more than a week, security officials said Tuesday.

They said the 27 include a man and a woman picked up by police on Monday and all have been charged with “debauchery.”

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Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gig

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CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian authorities have arrested seven people they accuse of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert last week, even though there is no law banning the practices.

The flag was a rare sign of support for highly marginalized homosexuals in conservative Egypt. It took place at a Cairo performance on Friday by popular Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila, a jazzy, electro-Arabesque group whose lead singer is openly gay.

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Egyptian doctors disciplined over widely dismissed AIDS device

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Cairo (AP) – Egypt’s doctors union has referred four members to a disciplinary court for taking part in the army’s development of a widely mocked device said to cure AIDS and hepatitis C.

The military’s engineering wing unveiled the device in 2014, saying it could extract the viruses and turn them into “kofta,” or ground meat. The army’s claims were roundly dismissed by medical professionals.

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51 Muslim Nations block LGBT groups from U.N. AIDS conference

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United Nations (AP) –  Major Western nations are protesting a move to block gay and transgender groups from attending a high-level United Nations conference on AIDS.

A letter from Egypt on behalf of 51 countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation asked that 11 organizations not be allowed to attend the conference next month. The letter, dated April 26 and obtained May 18 by The Associated Press, gives no reason for the objections.

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Egypt’s military investigates ‘AIDS Detector’

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Cairo (AP) – An Egyptian judicial official says the country’s chief prosecutor has asked military prosecutors to investigate a set of devices that inventors said detect and cure AIDS and hepatitis C – a claim widely dismissed by experts in Egypt and abroad.

The official said on Jan. 14, 2015 the investigation comes after a lawyer filed a complaint against the inventors, who include a now-retired army chief engineer and another military officer. The official says the complaint accuses the inventors of misleading the public.

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Egypt acquits 26 men arrested in gay bathhouse raid

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CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Jan. 12 acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, a ruling that set off deafening cheers and jubilation inside the courtroom as some of the defendants uncovered their faces and wept openly in relief.

Others, however, kept their faces hidden behind jacket hoods and scarves, still traumatized by the humiliation they and their families had endured during the highly publicized case, which caught the public’s attention after a pro-government TV network aired scenes of half-naked men being pulled from the bathhouse by police during the Dec. 7 raid.

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Egypt judge says verdict next week in gay bathhouse raid trial

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CAIRO (AP) — The judge in the trial of 26 men arrested in Egypt in a televised raid by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse says he’ll announce a verdict next week after only three hearings.

The judge said Jan. 5 he’ll announce the verdict Jan. 12. Such quick verdicts are common in Egypt’s misdemeanor courts.

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Egypt’s gays go deeper underground, fearing crackdown

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CAIRO (AP) – Just before midnight, the police navigated down the narrow alleys of an old downtown Cairo district and descended on a rundown bathhouse. They dragged out dozens of nearly naked men, who covered their faces as they struggled to hold up towels, and loaded them into police trucks.

There to film it all was an Egyptian television presenter, who claims she actually triggered the raid by tipping off police about alleged gay activity in the bathhouse. Days later, she aired what she boasted was an expose of “a den of mass perversion” spreading AIDS in Egypt.

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25 men arrested in Egyptian bath house raid

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CAIRO – Egyptian security forces raided a bath house and arrested 25 men suspected of being gay, dragging them naked out of the building in downtown Cairo, an official said Dec. 8.

The raid is part of an ongoing crackdown on gay men and comes after an Egyptian court last month convicted eight men on charges of “inciting debauchery” following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each to three years imprisonment.

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Eight men sentenced to prison for alleged same-sex wedding in Egypt

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CAIRO (AP) – An Egyptian court on Saturday convicted eight men for “inciting debauchery” following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison.

The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight were detained in September when a statement from the office of Egypt’s chief prosecutor said the video clip was “shameful to God” and “offensive to public morals.”

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