LGBT activists in Egypt now warn the community to avoid travelling to places under surveillance or using technology that can be monitored by the authorities.
One underground campaigner, known as Samia A, is quoted in the piece as saying: “Since October 2013, there has been a real manhunt for gay people in Egypt.“The police aren’t just targeting well-known gay hangouts, they are increasingly raiding homes when they think there is an LGBT party going on.“I think the new intensity of this repression is tied to the political situation in Egypt.
Officials clamping down on what it considers to be breaches of morality have in some cases resulted in the arrest and torture of those suspected of engaging in homosexual activity, who face allegations of immorality or blasphemy.
According to a report on , the country’s police have resorted to social media and GPS-enabled applications to locate gay and lesbian civilians.
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Since President [Abdel Fattah el-Sisi] came to power, he has wanted to show Egyptians that he is as conservative as the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.” Samia said that the support group offers help to an LGBT person when they're arrested and contacts lawyers who’d be able to help.“We also tell [our members] to be careful, to not give out personal information online and to avoid any applications that use geolocalisation like Grindr, Hornit, Scruff, Gay Dating, etc,” Samia added.
The claims come in the same month that seven men were detained and given forensic anal examinations for allegedly “inciting debauchery”, after a video emerged online showing the men at a same-sex wedding on a Nile riverboat. They were arrested on 6 September with the government announcing that the broadcasting of the footage – it having been uploaded to You Tube – violated “public decency” and was described as a “devilish shameless party”. Human Rights Watch called for the release of the men and censured the move as an “assault on fundamental human rights [which reflects] the Egyptian government’s growing disdain for the rule of law.”A study by the Pew Research Centre earlier this year displayed global attitudes on morality – finding that 95 per cent of Egyptians believe homosexuality to be unacceptable.
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