Middle East / North Africa

Tunisia cheers lesbian love film, rejects actual lesbian love

PRAISE FOR MOVIE, NOT FOR REALITY Tunisia’s culture minister congratulated French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche on Monday for winning the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, without mentioning the huge gap between what Tunisia society accepts and what the film depicts. The film is about a lesbian love affair, which in Tunisia would be a taboo subject.  … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

24 days on, Tunisian politician still in jail on sodomy charge

The Tunisian political leader arrested March 30 on sodomy charges remains in jail after being subjected to a rectal examination, Tunisia Live reported. Mounir Baatour, head of the Liberal Party, denies the accusations against him. He was arrested 24 days ago at the Sheraton Hotel in Tunis along with another unidentified man. One of his … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

In Tunisia, gay sex accusations are a political tool

The leader of Tunisia’s opposition Liberal Party, Mounir Baatour, has been arrested and jailed on sodomy charges, his attorney told Agence France-Presse. Court action on April 3 followed an incident on March 31 at the Sheraton Tunis Hotel, when hotel staff reportedly found two men engaging in sex. Baatour “totally denied the charges against him,” … Continue reading