More than 50 people have been arrested so far in Egypt's widest anti-gay crackdown, a swift zero-tolerance response to a rare show of public support for LGBT rights in the conservative Muslim country.
Two were arrested for waving rainbow flags at a concert and one for a Facebook page, Colville said.
Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia have all unjustly arrested dozens of people during anti-gay crackdowns in recent weeks, subjecting many to mistreatment in custody, the United Nations human rights office said Friday.
"Arresting or detaining people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity is by definition arbitrary and violates international law," U. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.
“In any chatting room on Yahoo in Arabic, you will find men and women discussing sex openly,” said Maha Fayed, a mass communications student at AUC.