Monday, 06 November 2017 22:58

Lawmakers introduced a bill to criminalize homosexuality in Egypt

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A group of Egyptian lawmakers introduced a bill to criminalize homosexuality. And it follows a wave of arrests of LGBT people.

If they approve this bill, homosexuality will become a crime in Egypt and this means that:

  • "perverted sexual relations" (as written in the law) between same-sex people will be punished by up to five years' imprisonment
  • inciting or hosting same-sex encounters will be sentenced up to three years in prison
  • attending a gay party or wearing any homosexual sign or code will also be a crime

The Egyptian Chamber and the Parliament will begin the debate soon. 15 MPs have already supported the bill.

After President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seized power in 2013, some 100 LGBT people were arrested by Egyptian police who use social networks to trap and arrest them for debauchery.

The introduction of this bill that would criminalize homosexuality in Egypt is very worrying.