Target: Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail
Goal: Demand release of men imprisoned for nothing other than being gay.
Eleven men in Egypt have been sentenced to jail after being accused of homosexuality. The men, arrested in Cairo, face sentences of between three and 12 years as an Egyptian court convicted them of “debauchery and incitement to debauchery.” These charges are typically used by the government to punish alleged gay individuals since the law does not officially forbid same-sex relations.
Egypt’s repeated prosecution of gay men has frequently drawn condemnation from equal rights activists. Around the world, the LGBTQ community continues to earn more rights and freedoms, yet individuals in Egypt still face jail time for something that should not be a crime. The rest of the world is learning to accept homosexuality, and it is time for Egypt to do the same. Sign the petition below and urge the government to release these men and help put a stop to the country’s outdated and unjust policies against LGBTQ persons.
Dear Minister Ismail,
I am writing to express my grave concern about a recent court case in which 11 men were jailed after being accused of homosexuality. Formally convicted of “debauchery and incitement to debauchery,” these sentences, which range from three to 12 years, represent an outdated and unjust punishment for an act that has largely been decriminalized and legalized in a number of countries.
Across the globe, the LGBTQ community continues to score victories as people become more tolerant, yet Egypt remains far behind when it comes to rights for these people. The recent trial serves as further proof of this pattern of discrimination, and I urge you to intervene and release these men immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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