Amnesty International on Thursday condemned a draft bill in the Egyptian parliament that would criminalise homosexuality, in what the rights group called an “unprecedented homophobic crackdown”.
The bill lays jail terms of between one and three years for first-time offenders, whether the act takes place in public or a private place. Repeat offenders would receive five years.
“This deeply discriminatory bill would be a huge setback for human rights and another nail in the coffin for sexual rights in Egypt,” said Najia Bounaim, North Africa campaigns director at Amnesty.
Amnesty said that “for more than a month now the Egyptian authorities have waged a vicious crackdown targeting LGBTI people in the country.”
Despite homosexuality not yet being illegal in the North African country, the number of arrests of suspects has been mounting.