Having HIV in Egypt

This is really messed up:

The arrests began in October 2007, when police stopped two men having
an altercation on a street in central Cairo. When one of them told the
officers that he was HIV-positive, police immediately took them both to
the Morality Police office and opened an investigation against them for
homosexual conduct. The two men told human rights defenders that they
were slapped and beaten for refusing to sign statements the police
wrote for them. They spent four days in the Morality Police office
handcuffed to an iron desk, sleeping on the floor. Police later
subjected the two men to forensic anal examinations designed to “prove”
that they had engaged in homosexual conduct.
Human Rights Watch has documented that such examinations
to detect “evidence” of homosexuality are not only medically spurious
but constitute torture.
Police then arrested two more men because their
photographs or telephone numbers were found on the first two detainees.
Authorities subjected all to HIV tests without their consent. All four
are still in detention, pending prosecutors’ decision on whether to
bring charges of homosexual conduct. The first two arrestees, who
reportedly tested HIV-positive, are being held in a Cairo hospital,
handcuffed to their beds and only unchained for an hour each day. 

Meanwhile, police apparently placed the apartment where one of the men
had lived under surveillance. On November 20, two days after a new
tenant had assumed the lease, police raided the apartment and detained
four other men.
According to the arrest report, the men were fully dressed
and were not engaging in any illegal acts at the time of the arrests.
However, all were charged with homosexual conduct, apparently solely on
the basis that they were found in a dwelling formerly occupied by one
of the earlier detainees.
People who have spoken to the four men since their arrest
told Human Rights Watch that a non-commissioned officer in the police
station beat one detainee on the head several times. Police allegedly
forced the four men to stand in a painful position for three hours with
their arms lifted in the air. They were provided no food, drink, or
blankets during their first four days of detention. Authorities also
tested these men for HIV without their consent. One of the men
reportedly said that the prosecutor, when informing him that he had
tested positive for HIV, told him: “People like you should be burnt
alive. You do not deserve to live.” 

I am speechless! Read more here! 

0 comment on Having HIV in Egypt

  1. Adam B.
    February 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Yup. Speechless is the word…!

    What happens to people who are accidentally infected by needles in hospitals?

  2. J@ckp1ne
    February 13, 2008 at 1:21 am

    That is terrible,the part about arresting the next tenant is totally unbelievable,is it illegal to be gay in Egypt,I didn’t realize that if it is.

  3. ito
    February 13, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I’m not visiting Egypt. I talked to a gay guy once. I could be wrongly detained.
    This is… How can I put it? Stupid.

    At least the news get out somehow. Now more often.

  4. Joanne
    February 14, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    What is wrong with people – not a brain cell amongst them.

  5. John Cunningham
    February 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Virus is a virus is a virus. AIDS is no different than rabies.

  6. Elizabeth Pisani
    February 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    And they did it again, today. Lucky jails are not places where there are lots of opportunities for sex between men, because Egypt seems intent on filling them with gays.

    Though there is a more serious issue here. This kind of absurd behaviour makes everyone rightly paranoid about contact tracing, and therefore makes it difficult to do sensible things like try and identify people who are HIV-infected so that we can offer them prevention and care services.

    More at http://www.wisdomofwhores.com/2008/02/15/giving-contract-tracing-a-bad-name/

  7. Stacy
    February 16, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Holy Shit!
    What if they were not gay, but the test the “officers” conducted on them was their first “experience”. WTF?? They call that morality? Bloody raping a man to see if he is gay. Sandmonkey get the f@*k out of there, humans don’t belong!


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