No one should be punished for expressing solidarity with LGBT individuals or based on their perceived sexual orientation,” she continued.
“The authorities must urgently halt this ruthless crackdown and release all those arrested immediately and unconditionally.” Beirut-based Mashrou’ Leila is a wildly popular band, in part because of their stance on social issues such as LGBT and women’s rights.
While there are no specific laws against homosexuality in Egypt, discrimination against individuals perceived to be LGBT is rife, as are arrests on debauchery and immorality charges.
Detained people are often subject to anal examinations to determine whether they have had gay sex, which rights groups such as Human Rights Watch say are against human rights law and amount to torture.
One man has already been sentenced to six years in jail on similar charges.
The clampdown is the most severe state attack on LGBT rights since 2001, when police arrested 52 men in a raid on a floating disco called the Queen Boat.
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