New York Event: Amnesty International and IGLHRC Host 'Cairo 52: A Case Study in LGBT Human Rights Abuses

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2002

NEW YORK - On Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 pm, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) will present "Cairo 52: A Case Study in LGBT Human Rights Abuses."

The "Cairo 52" were arrested on May 11, 2001, most of them seized from a floating nightclub on the Nile. Twenty-three were subsequently convicted of "habitual debauchery" and "contempt of religion" and sentenced to 1-5 years imprisonment; though it is widely believed that the majority of these men were convicted solely on the basis of their alleged homosexuality. In a related case, an Egyptian teenager was convicted of habitual debauchery, also presumably because of his homosexuality. Just two weeks ago, five more men were detained, also allegedly for being gay.

Scott Long, Program Director for IGLHRC, monitored the trial of the 52 men and will discuss the case and show rare video footage from the courtroom. Sharon Burke, Middle East Advocacy Director for AIUSA, will present findings from Amnesty International's recently-released report on LGBT human rights in Egypt.

The public is invited to take action on the case and learn how to challenge Islamic countries' human rights records without contributing to xenophobia and discrimination against Muslim and Arab communities.

The event is the first in a series of bimonthly public forums called "Out in the World" to be presented by AIUSA's Outfront program and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center; all events will take place at The Center, 208 West 13th Street, NYC.

Future public forums will address the following: police brutality (April), International LGBT Human Rights 101 (June), LGBT youth in schools/education (September) and Transgender Rights (November).

WHO: Scott Long, IGLHRC Program Director; Sharon Burke, Amnesty International Middle East Advocacy Director; additional speakers TBA.
WHAT: Forum on Cairo 52, a first in a series of bimonthly discussions on international LGBT human rights.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 from 7-9PM.
WHERE: The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Ave.), NYC.