Egypt has jailed 14 more men for homosexuality in the continued hunt to eliminate the LGBTI community.
They were all sentenced to jail for three years for ‘abnormal’ sexual relations.
The men were released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($283, €230) each until an appeals trial.
More than 70 arrested in Egypt, with more than 20 receiving jail sentences
Following a rainbow flag being held at a concert in Cairo, police announced a crackdown on the LGBTI community.
More than 70 people have been arrested, with more than 20 receiving jail sentences ranging from six months to six years.
The charges of varied, including ‘debauchery’, ‘inciting sexual deviancy’ and ‘joining an outlawed group’.
MP Riyad Abdel Sattar authored a measure that would sentence LGBTI people, and allies, to jail.
New Egypt bill will jail you for gay sex, LGBTI activism and even waving a rainbow flag
‘Any person engaging in homosexuality in a public or private place should be subjected to punitive action that should be no less than one year and not exceeding three years in jail,’ it reads.
‘Individuals that incite same sex relations, either by inciting, facilitating, hosting, or calling for, even if they don’t perform the act itself, will be punished to prison…as well as shutting down the venue.’
Both publicity and advertising for LGBTI parties, bars and clubs will be banned.
‘It is strictly prohibited to carry any symbol or sign of the homosexual community, as well as it’s prohibited to produce, sell, market, or promote such products. Violators will be sentenced to prison for a period no less than one year and no more than three years.’
This means activists, journalists covering gay events, or anyone even carrying a rainbow flag could be imprisoned.
Human Rights Campaign’s Global Director Ty Cobb has called the bill ‘one of the most dangerous anti-LGBTQ proposals we have seen in recent memory.’