Amid democratic reforms, deeper troubles for LGBT Tunisians
Middle East / North Africa

Amid democratic reforms, deeper troubles for LGBT Tunisians

The Arab Spring revolution that started in Tunisia in December 2010 has led to many democratic reforms, but the human rights of LGBT Tunisians remain unrecognized.  In fact, discrimination against the LGBT community has worsened over the past five years, Tunisian observers say. Continue reading

Africa / Commentary

Amnesty plea: Six men free on bail, but in grave danger

Amnesty International is seeking international support for its plea that six Tunisian students be cleared of homosexuality charges. The organization also seeks an investigation into the students’ reports that they were tortured in prison before being released on bail. Amnesty’s plea is in addition to petitions on Avaaz.org and AllOut.org in support of the Tunisian … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

After anti-gay trial, tortures in Tunisian prison

One of the six Tunisian students who were convicted and sentenced to prison last month for homosexuality has revealed what he endured at the hands of police, doctors, prison guards and prisoners. Shams, an LGBT rights group seeking the decriminalization of homosexuality in Tunisia, published the account today on its Facebook page. The Court of … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Advocates urge pressure on Tunisia to spare LGBT group

International human rights advocates at Front Line Defenders issued a statement today condemning Tunisia for ordering the LGBT group Shams to suspend activities. In the process, the statement clarified the context and background of this violation of Tunisian citizens’ rights to association and free speech. This is the text of the statement: Tunisia: Suspension of … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Tunisia orders 30-day suspension for pro-LGBT group

The LGBT rights group Shams was ordered by the Tunisian government today to suspend its activities for 30 days. Business News reported that: Hedi Sahli, vice president of Shams, said the reason given for this suspension was non-compliance with the principles of the rule of law. Shams was sanctioned on the basis of Article 45, … Continue reading