Tag Archives: Tunisia

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 … Continue reading

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Call to action for Tunisia — petitions backing LGBT rights

Shams, the Tunisian LGBT rights group, is seeking support from the international community. Two petitions allow you to provide that support. The first petition below is translated here from the French; it can be signed online on the French or Arabic-language … Continue reading

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Here’s why Tunisian LGBT group should not be suspended

Human Rights Watch writes: Dangerous Precedent for Freedom of Association The Tunisian authorities’ decision to suspend the activities of the LGBT rights group Shams is a setback for individual freedoms and equal rights in Tunisia. Shams works on lesbian, gay, … Continue reading

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Menaced with dissolution, Tunisian LGBT group seeks help

At the eve of a court hearing on its right to exist, Shams, the Tunisian association pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality, is seeking additional support. In a press release, it asked for support from: Sexual minorities whom Shams “defends … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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6 Tunisians freed while appealing sodomy verdict

The Court of Appeals in Sousse, Tunisia, today  released six students pending action on the appeal of their three-year prison sentences for sodomy. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for Feb. 25. Shams, an LGBTI rights group seeking the … Continue reading

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