Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Beirut — Egyptian police and National Security Agency officers arbitrarily arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people and detain them in inhuman conditions, systematically subject them to ill-treatment including torture, and often incite fellow inmates to abuse them, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces routinely pick people off the streets based solely on their gender expression, entrap them through social networking sites and dating applications, and unlawfully search their phones. Prosecutors use this content to justify prolonged detentions as they rubber-stamp police reports and bring unjustified prosecutions against them.
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Police are using technology and ancient laws to imprison gay people. Now human rights campaigners are trying to shift attitudes in Egyptian society. The last time Egyptian engineering student Shady Ragab tried to visit his friend Andrew Medhat in prison, he was turned away. He wells up in tears as he relates the story.
IN THE 13th and 14th centuries two celebrated male poets wrote about men in affectionate, even amorous, terms. They were Rumi and Hafiz, and both lived in what is now Iran. Their musings were neither new nor unusual. Centuries earlier Abu Nuwas, a bawdy poet from Baghdad, wrote lewd verses about same-sex desire.
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