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 countrys 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 gay.com 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
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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