ANKH’s 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 in order to set up campaigns to address the various needs in each case, and to 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 condition of all members of the society and make a change in the political agenda of the region.
Hossam Ahmed is an Egyptian trans man who was arrested on February 28, 2019, and is being 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.
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