LGBTI foreigners may now legally be deported from Egypt or banned from entry after a recent administrative court ruling.
The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has been granted the right to deport and ban “homosexual foreigners” in order to “protect public interest and religious and social values”, according to reports attributing an anonymous judicial official.
The defendant, who has lived in Egypt on a tourist visa since 2006, contested the decision, claiming that it would interrupt his studies at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. However, the Court ruled in favour of the ministry.
While homosexuality is not explicitly illegal in Egypt, authorities are accusing and cracking down on LGBTI citizens via the supposed abuse of public decency laws, scorning religion or “debauchery”.
The court’s decision comes after a recent surge in the persecution of LGBTI Egyptian citizens, such as the recent arrest of seven young men for “debauchery”, and the arrest of 26 men after a Cairo bathhouse raid in December.
The crackdown on the Egyptian LGBTI community has resulted in compulsory medical examinations and prison sentences of up to eight years.
While the bathhouse accused attracted international media attention and criticism, the men were all cleared of charges in January.