Tunisia: 2 months in jail for 2 men for behaving like women

In Tunisia, Sousse is located about 145 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tunis. (Map of brittanica.com)
In Tunisia, Sousse is located about 145 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tunis. (Map of brittanica.com)

The Tunisian LGBTI advocacy group Shams (a word that means “sun”) reported today:

“The Sousse Court of Appeal upheld a two-month jail sentence against two boys [ages 19 and 25] from Hammam Sousse.

“They will be released today, seeing that they were arrested on Jan. 12, 2017, and that they have now served their entire two-month sentence.”

Kapitalis reported the same news with different emphasis:

Two homosexuals sentenced to 2 months in prison for indecency

The Sousse Court of Appeal upheld the 2-month jail sentences imposed on  the two youths from Hammam Sousse. They will be set free today, however, because they have alredy served that sentence.

On Monday, March 13, 2017, a two-judge panel convicted the two homosexuals, who were arrested on 12 January 2017 in their apartment in Hammam Sousse, and sentenced them to two months’ imprisonment for indecency, [apparently] because of their feminine behavior.

Mounir Baatour, president of Shams, the homosexual association, said that the young men were not convicted on the basis of Article 230, which forbids homosexual activity. Instead, the judge used Article 226 bis to sentence them to two months’ imprisonment for “assaulting public decency by an obscene attitude.”

It was a conviction that which caused ink to flow and which the lawyer strongly denounced strongly, describing it as an attack on personal freedom.

 

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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In Tunisia, Sousse is located about 150 kilometers (100 miles) south of Tunis. (Map courtesy of brittanica.com)

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