Tag Archive | Tunisia

Tunisia: LGBT+ campaigner bids to become first openly-gay president

Tunisia: LGBT+ campaigner bids to become first openly-gay president

A Tunisian politician, vying to become his country’s first openly gay president, has said he will push to decriminalise homosexuality, and insisted his candidacy should not be defined by his sexuality. Mounir Baatour hopes to change perceptions in the conservative North African country, where homosexuality is punishable by up to three years in jail. “I […]

Tunisia: Police Shut Down LGBT & Human Rights Protest

Tunisia: Police Shut Down LGBT & Human Rights Protest

When Tunisian police shut down a planned demonstration on January 27, they claimed they did it for the protesters’ safety. “We had information that they were going to be targeted,” said an interior ministry spokesperson, according to news reports. The rallying call of Saturday’s protest, organized by the secular group Association des Libres Penseurs (Association […]

European Parliament: Tunisia Urged To Decriminalise Homosexuality

European Parliament: Tunisia Urged To Decriminalise Homosexuality

  In a recent vote on EU – Tunisia relations, the European Parliament (EP) has urged Tunisia to decriminalise homosexuality. According to par. 21, the EP: “Calls for a reform of the penal code, and in particular for the repeal of Article 230, which penalises homosexuality with imprisonment for three years, and is contrary to […]

Tunisia: Six Gay Men Sentenced To Three Years

Tunisia: Six Gay Men Sentenced To Three Years

The jailing of six Tunisian men sentenced to three years in prison for sodomy is a shocking example of deep-rooted state sanctioned discrimination against LGBTI people in the country, said Amnesty International on 14 December. The men, some of them university students, appeared to have been convicted following anal examinations. Such tests are considered by […]