Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Egyptian courts indict five men for having HIV

The Egyptian government recently brought indictments against five men arrested on suspicion of having HIV and practicing homosexual acts, Human Rights Watch reported on March 11.

The five men are among 12 detained since October of last year on account of HIV and are supposedly participating in the “habitual practice of debauchery,” the official terminology used when persecuting homosexuals. A number of the accused were assaulted by their captors and given tests to determine whether they ever had anal intercourse. These tests are considered tantamount to torture, HRW said.

The five indictments were handed down on March 4.

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