Topics

Egyptian Protests (2012-2013)
Egypt court upholds 'debauchery' conviction amid anti-gay campaign
Egypt court upholds 'debauchery' conviction amid anti-gay campaign

An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men convicted last month of "debauchery" amid an increasingly harsh government campaign against homosexuality, though the court reduced the men's three-year prison terms to one year, state media reported. Homosexuality in itself is not illegal in Egypt, but the government of President Abdel Fattah Sisi, already engaged in a months-long crackdown on both secular and Islamist political opponents, has moved to promote conservative social mores by taking aim at groups such as gays and atheists. The defendants had been convicted based on a video, widely distributed on social media, that appeared to show two...

Loading