Egypt Independent | r
Egypt independent reports that a number of men were arrested in an apartment in Alexandria, Egypt, about ten days ago, for homosexuality.
Police at Dekheila Police Station received information claiming that “weird” young men had frequently visited an apartment on Gameeya Street, Hanoville, in western Alexandria.
Subsequent investigations indicated that a real estate agent rented the apartment months ago, and used it to host group-sex parties.
The men had security measures in place.
…the men – perhaps fearing police repercussions – imposed a wall of secrecy on their activity, and did not allow strangers to approach the apartment or see their personalities, customers were received after using special codes known to members of the community.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt. Since the 1990s, police have been employing a 1950 anti-prostitution law and a 1961 law against “debauchery” to arrest and imprison homosexuals.
The state of Illinois has become the second US state to ban the criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime.
US gay rights advocates hope to have the ban enforced in about six further states next year.
Defence attorneys will no longer be able to mount the so-called “gay panic defense” in Illinois. One study showed it has surfaced in about half of all U.S. states and has been used with some success.
Advocates say bans are necessary because crimes against gay and transgender people are on the rise.
Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a list of 367 allegedly gay citizens, saying they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”.
A police source told Agence France Press that “strict medical records” were needed for members of the gay community because “such people have a high risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections through infectious diseases.”
Homosexuality is not banned in Tajikistan but is frowned upon.
The crackdown on gay people in Egypt has intensified in recent days, according to the Washington Post.
Security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation’s LGBT community underground.
More than 60 people have been arrested since a concert last month by a rock group where some members of the audience waved a rainbow flag.
Security forces have also detained people at their homes in the middle of the night and used apps and online chat rooms to entrap those perceived to be gay.
Some cafes frequented by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been shut down.
Indonesian police detained 58 men including several foreigners in a raid on a gay sauna, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country.
They raided a sauna and gym in the capital Jakarta after they received information from the public that it was being used for prostitution.
“We secured 51 and seven employees for allegedly providing pornographic services,” Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said in a statement.
Six foreigners were among those detained, including four men from China, one from Thailand and one from Holland.
Yuwono said six of those detained would be charged under Indonesia’s anti-pornography law, and could face up to six years in prison. It is not clear what – if anything – the remaining 52 would be charged with.
Human Rights Watch notes:
Authorities in Azerbaijan are not denying that gay men in Baku have been rounded up in official raids, from mid-September, they are just disputing the reason. Ehsan Zahidov, spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said in a September interview with EurasiaNet.org that police were responding to complaints from residents in Baku that gay men were visible on the streets.
Government officials have also justified the Baku raids in the language of public health, claiming that the gay men arrested were tested for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and Syphilis. “Those who have diseases are being isolated from society,” Zahidov said. The director of the AIDS Center of Azerbaijan, Natig Zulfugarov, points out that it would be against the law for the police to do so without a court order, which they did not have.
In Azerbaijan, homosexuality was decriminalised in 2000. You’d never know, would you.