Six Egyptians arrested for “promoting sexual misconduct” and “debauchery” in social media will undergo anal examination before trial on Oct. 1, Amnesty International said on Saturday.
Their arrest is part of a broad crackdown on homosexuality that began last week when a group of people were spotted raising a rainbow flag at a show in a rare demonstration of support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender in that conservative Muslim country.
At least 11 people were arrested, according to Amnesty International, and a man was sentenced to six years in prison after local media launched a highly critical campaign against those who raised the rainbow flag at the presentation of the Lebanese rock band alternative Mashrou ‘Leila, whose vocalist is openly gay.
Amnesty International further reported that the Forensic Medicine Authority would subject the six men to anal examination to determine if they had homosexual sex.
Justice sources said any defendant accused of “debauchery” or “sexual misconduct,” a euphemism for homosexuality in Egypt, undergoes a medical examination based on a decision by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Although homosexuality is not specifically prohibited, Egypt is a conservative society, where discrimination is abundant. Gay men are often arrested and often accused of debauchery, immorality and blasphemy.