ANKH advocacy program aims at actively defending and supporting individual or collective cases of LGBTIQ+ community members, people living with HIV and/or artists facing repression or discrimination from public authorities or social groups.
We work in collaboration with regional and international partners to launch campaigns addressing the various needs in each case, and refer it to relevant local, regional or international authorities.
Through calls to action, open letters, petitions, public events, meetings with policy-makers, we shed light on specific cases in order to improve the global individual well-being and make a change in the political agenda of the region.
“Middle Eastern and North African countries must prohibit Conversion Therapy as a form of torture and a blatant violation of human rights,” ANKH and 27 civil society groups said today in a joint statement to the United Nation Independent Expert on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to MENA region countries and health professionals.
Hate Speech on Facebook
The recent suicide of the LGBTQI+ activist Sarah Hegazi in Canada, as a result of hate speech and harassment against her person on social media, has shocked us all. While many of us feel sad and lost, others in the MENA region are filled with hatred and spread their hatred of the LGBTIQ+ community intensively through Facebook.
It’s obvious that the so-called Facebook's “standards to combat hate speech against gender minorities and the LGBTQI+ community” are not applied or even denied in the Middle East and North Africa.
Egypt Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 United Nations (UN) Member States. Under this mechanism, the human rights situation of all UN Member States is reviewed every 5 years. In 2019, ANKH took part in the UPR process on Egypt in Geneva.
In March 2019, for 2 weeks the anti-retroviral drug “Dolutegravir-dolutégravir” was not available at the Cairo Abaseya hospital, causing serious risks to the health and life of people living with HIV. The Egyptian authorities must assume their responsibility and immediately provide adequate retroviral treatment to those in needs.
Hossam Ahmed is an Egyptian trans man who was arrested on February 28, 2019 and has been imprisoned since then.
Hossam Ahmed was arrested alongside over 70 others in an ongoing arrest campaign sparked by social media users’ criticism of the government and calls for protests, in the aftermath of a deadly train crash at Ramses Station that killed 22 and injured 43. The defendants are investigated under the Case 1739/2018.
On 28 February 2019, Egyptian actress and activist Eman Al-Helw was arrested alongside over 70 others in an ongoing arrest campaign sparked by social media users’ criticism of the government and calls for protests in the aftermath of a deadly train crash at Ramses Station that killed 22 and injured 43.