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Egypt Denies it is Persecuting Gays

Gay.com U.K., May 21, 2002

SUMMARY: The Egyptian government has denied claims by a group of U.S. Congress members that it is persecuting gays.

The Egyptian government has denied claims by a group of U.S. Congress members that it is persecuting gays.

In March, 40 U.S. lawmakers sent a second letter to the Egyptian embassy calling on the government to stop persecuting homosexuals.

Egyptian Ambassador Nabil Fahmy has replied to the letter, maintaining that his country does not persecute gay men and stating that there is no law explicitly forbidding homosexuality in Egypt.

Fahmy explained that a group of gay men arrested at a boat party on the Nile "were convicted essentially under a law which penalizes promiscuity/prostitution" and "that there is no distinction or discrimination based on a personís sexual orientation."

In past months Egypt has tried a large number of gay men, charging them with "habitual practice of debauchery." Many have been sentenced to prison and hard labor.

Many of the men went through the public humiliation of being examined to see if they had engaged in anal intercourse. The results of these examinations were presented at hearings before the Supreme State Security Prosecution.

The group of U.S. Congress members replied to Fahmy, saying, "Your selective invocation of certain human rights conventions when it suits your purposes, and your ignoring of others when they donít, is unpersuasive."


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