A Muslim Brotherhood member shouts slogans during an anti-government protest in Cairo.
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A court in Egypt has sentenced a group of 11 men convicted of homosexuality to prison for periods ranging from three to 12 years, AFP reported on Tuesday.
The French news agency cited legal sources as saying that the men were arrested in an upscale Cairo suburb.
The men were officially charged with "debauchery and incitement to debauchery,” the legal terms used by Egyptian jurisprudence to describe homosexual behavior.
Although homosexuality is not explicitly a crime in Egypt, gays have been jailed under the debauchery statute.
Egypt’s human rights record is considered one of the worst in the world, according to advocacy groups and international organizations.