Rights Group Deplores Detention of Alleged Gays
July 6, 2001
Two human rights groups said Wednesday that 52 Egyptian men being prosecuted for their alleged involvement in illicit sex parties were being punished for exercising their right to free expression. The men, most of them teenagers, were detained in May on suspicion of taking part in a gay party on a boat in the Nile. Last week, Prosecutor Maher Abdel-Wahed charged the men with immoral behavior and contempt of religion. In a joint statement, Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission condemned the prosecution as "exhibits of some of the worst features of Egypt's justice system."
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