Last edited: January 01, 2005

German Leaders to Egypt: Respect Human Rights of Homosexuals

From: Thomas Kolb of the LSVD (German Gay and Lesbian Association)

Dear Sirs,

29 Members of the Bundestag, the federal chamber of the German Parliament have sent a declaration of protest to the Egyptian Ambassador in Berlin today, expressing their indignation about the ongoing trial against 52 men for "immoral acts" in Cairo.

Members of all five factions have signed the letter as well as the Chairwomen of the Human Rights Commission.

Thank you!

Best regards,

LSVD Hessen
Thomas Kolb
Niederhoechstaedter Str.18
61449 Steinbach /Germany
Tel. 0049-6109-309966 (office)
Tel. 0049-6171-987666 (home)


From: MP Volker Beck

Press Release, 5 sep 01

MPs of all factions are sending an appeal to Egypt: Respect human rights of homosexuals

Volker Beck (MP, speaker for legal affairs of the Green Party and member of the presidency of the Green Faction in the Bundestag) has declared:

Members of the Bundestag (German Parliament) of all five political factions have sent a common appeal to the Government of Egypt, asking it to respect the human rights of homosexuals.

A spectacular trial is taking place against 52 men in Cairo, who are accused of violating "public morality". Two of the defendants are also charged with "disdain of the religion". The men had been arrested in may in a floating restaurant in Cairo and have been held in custody since then. Amnesty International investigated the case and came to the conclusion that the men had been arrested only because of their sexual orientation and not because of any violations of the law. There are reports that some of the arrested men have been tortured to make them sign confessions.

In their appeal, which was sent to the Egyptian Ambassador in Berlin today, the MPs are demanding the respect of human rights, the release of the 52 men and an investigation of the charges of torture. 29 MPs have signed the letter, among them the Chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of the German Parliament. US members of the House of Representatives had sent a similar letter to the Egyptian Government before.

I am especially happy that fellow MPs of all five political parties represented in Parliament have taken part in this. This is a clear sign that we are united in human rights questions regardless of all political divisions. Human rights are indivisible. They are, of course, valid for homosexuals as well.


Text of Letter Your Excellency,

with great concern, I have learned through media reports, that 52 men have been arrested in May on a restaurant boat in Cairo and are now standing trial before the State Security Court facing charges of "offence to public moral" and 2 of them charged with "Disdain of Religion". An investigation team of amnesty international came to the conclusion, that these men are being held and charged just because of their alleged sexual orientation and not because of any wrongdoing. The charges that the Prosecutor holds against them, obviously lack any substance.

Therefore I would like to call upon your government and particularly upon the Minister of Justice

  • to make sure that the rights of the arrested men as human beings and their civil rights as Egyptian citizens are respected and to make sure that Egyptian law is respected in the procedures
  • to release these people without any delay, as the evidence used against them is obviously forged or non-existent
  • to investigate the charges against the police forces that the men arrested have been ill-treated or tortured to extract confessions.

I hope that the charges against these men are dropped and that they are released, as they should have been a long time ago, if Egyptian law and international conventions ratified by Egypt had been properly applied.


Volker Beck (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
Rudolf Bindig (SPD)
Dr. Thea Dückert (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
Rainer Eppelmann (CDU/CSU)
Arne Fuhrmann (SPD)
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Monika Ganseforth (SPD)
Alfred Hartenbach (SPD)
Carsten Hübner (PDS)
Christel Humme (SPD)
Ulla Jelpke (PDS)
Sabine Jünger (PDS)
Dr. Evelyn Kenzler (PDS)
Monika Knoche (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
Angelika Köster-Loßack (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
Norbert Lammert (CDU/CSU), Heidi Lippmann (PDS)
Oswald Metzger (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
Kerstin Müller (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Fraktionsvorsitzende)
Winfried Nachtwei (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
Christa Nickels (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, Chairwoman or the Human Rights Commission)
Gudrun Roos (SPD), Thomas Sauer (SPD)
Gudrun Schaich-Walch (SPD, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin im Bundesministerium für Gesundheit)
Christina Schenk (PDS)
Dieter Schloten (SPD)
Silvia Schmidt (SPD)
Reinhard Schultz (SPD)
Dr. Max Stadler (FDP)
Uta Zapf (SPD)

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