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Police in Egypt ‘are using dating apps to locate and arrest LGBT people’

Police in Egypt ‘are using dating apps to locate and arrest LGBT people’

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Police in Egypt are utilising fake relationship pages to entrap, imprison, and torture LGBT individuals, a unique report claims.

Human Rights Watch report that Egyptian police are employing social media marketing and apps such as for example Grindr to satisfy homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and trans individuals before choosing them up from the road and arresting them.

Their report also claims that authorities frequently unlawfully search the phones of these they’ve arrested to justify maintaining them in detention.

Yasser, 27, told the liberties team he had been arrested after fulfilling up by having a man he’d spoken to on Grindr. He stated: ‘once they came ultimately back with a authorities report, I happened to be astonished to start to see the man we met on Grindr is among the officers.

‘They overcome personally me personally and cursed me until we finalized documents having said that I happened to be “practicing debauchery” and publicly announcing it to fulfil my “unnatural intimate desires”.’

Fifteen individuals were interviewed by the team and every one stated protection forces subjected them to real and spoken punishment, ‘ranging from slapping to being water-hosed and tangled up for days’. Eight had been victims of intimate physical physical physical violence while five had been obligated to go through anal exams, the liberties watchdog stated.

Transgender girl Malak el-Kashif, 20, stated she ended up being arrested and ‘put in a cage-like mobile’ after going to a protest in March 2019.