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Amnesty Calls for Egypt Boycott, August 21, 2001

By Jon ben Asher

London — Amnesty International has called for a boycott of tourism to Egypt over the country’s record on gay rights.

Amnesty said it was appalled by the arrests of 52 men at a gay club in a Nile riverboat. The men are charged with "crimes against Islam."

Gay civil rights groups in Egypt have also called for a boycott of tourism.

Meanwhile the British Foreign Office is being pressured to warn gay travellers of the risks of visiting Egypt. An online petition organized by gay portal will be presented to Foreign Office officials.

The petition will also urge the FO minister with responsibility for the Middle East, Ben Bradshaw, to express concern about the civil rights violations.

The 52 Egyptians were arrested in May. Their trial has been adjourned until August 29. They could face prison terms of between three and five years.

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