Target: President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Goal: Stop targeting and persecuting homosexuals in Egypt
When the revolution took place in Egypt, many young activists were hopeful that peace and equality would descend upon the country. Homosexuals in particular were hopeful that they could finally reveal themselves in public, but the situation has grown grim. The new government is cracking down on homosexuals and their popular hangouts. Harrassment of this caliber should not be legal and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi should stop this treatment immediately.
A recent crackdown involved police raiding a bathhouse where at least two dozen men were dragged in front of television cameras before they were arrested. This action is both humiliating and barbaric. Egypt is a Muslim country, where homosexuality is prohibited. Even though the law states that homosexuality isn’t allowed, prostitution and debauchery are also illegal and are not targeted in this way. Police officers use these penalties to disproportionately punish homosexuals.
It is also worth nothing that many of these arrests are made for national pride. Gay men in particular are not considered masculine and hurt Egypt’s image of a strong nation. The nation, and in particular the military, doesn’t see homosexuality as ‘manly’ or strong, and wishes to extinguish such people from society. Egypt’s youth hoped to see positive changes, but are seeing mirrors of their past coming back to haunt them.
We can lend our voices to stop this harrassment. Sign this petition and tell President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stop the prosecution of homosexuals, as this unjust treatment violates their human rights.
Dear President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
The Washington Post recently did a report on the frequency of crackdowns against homosexuals in your country. I find this evidence disturbing, especially since human rights are inherent and are given to all human beings. These men have not done anything wrong, but your government and military do not believe that homosexuals belong in your country or in your society.
When you took office, many of Egypt’s youth hoped that good, positive changes would come to their country. It is unfortunate that these changes have not come to pass. Instead they are seeing the same treatment that existed before the revolution. This is unacceptable. Before you took power homosexuals had come out and expressed their sexuality. Now they are hiding and fear for their lives.
You have no right to treat people this way, no matter what your views are. I urge you to stop harassing homosexuals immediately. They may not fit your country’s view of what a man should be, but they are still human.
[Your Name Here]
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