Business leaders urged to call out Egypt on LGBT rights

Published: March 12, 2015

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A number of prominent executives are scheduled to speak at the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) being held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 13 to 15 March.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has written to these high-level private sector speakers calling on them to raise the issue of Egyptian human rights abuses in the context of foreign investment.

“The Egyptian government needs to understand that the violence and discrimination directed at LGBT people and civil society must end now,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global.

“Many of these business leaders represent companies that have demonstrated a commitment to LGBT inclusion in the workplace. We hope they use this conference as an opportunity to articulate the fact that systemically suppressing civil society and oppressing minorities is not only wrong, it is bad for business.”

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