“In the next few months, more people will leave and seek asylum outside Egypt.” Heba Farouk Mahfouz contributed to this report.
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Over the next three years, an estimated 200 more were arrested, activists said.
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The sweeps have unfolded as international human rights activists have denounced the Egyptian government and urged an end to the arrests.
On Friday, the United Nations human rights office described the anti-gay raids in Egypt and similar assaults in Azerbaijan and Indonesia as unjust and violations of international law.
A crackdown on gay people in Egypt intensified in recent days as security forces raided cafes in downtown Cairo and courts delivered harsh prison sentences, further driving the nation’s LGBT community underground.
More than 60 people have been arrested, human rights activists said, since a concert last month by a rock group where some members of the audience waved a rainbow flag — photos of which went viral on social media and caused public outrage.
Some of those arrested have endured beatings and other abuse in their prison cells, while others have been subjected to forced anal examinations, human rights activists said.
“The targeting of the community was never on this scale before,” said Doaa Mostafa, a human rights lawyer who is representing a man and woman arrested in the latest crackdown.
“They are showing the people that ‘We are conservative.
We are embracing our traditions and customs.’ ” Homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt.
Both had been at the concert, waving rainbow flags.