The hunt for homosexuals continues in Tunisia, this week in Tataouine in the southern part of the country.
Shams (Arabic for “sun”), the LGBT advocacy group seeking decriminalization of homosexuality in Tunisia, today reported the arrest of a gay couple on homosexuality charges.
They were charged with violating Article 230 of the Tunisian penal code, which provides for a prison sentence of up to three years for sodomy.
According to Shams, the police based the charges on private messages that the men exchanged on Facebook.
The online publication Kapitalis.com said the couple had exchanged nude photos on Facebook.
(Tataouine, in southern Tunisia, was an inspiration for George Lucas’s planet Tatooine in the movie “Star Wars,” but the town itself was not used as a location for filming.)
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- Tunisia: 2 months in jail for 2 men for behaving like women (March 2017, 76crimes.com)
- 2 young Tunisians sentenced to 8 months for gay sex (March 2017, 76crimes.com)
- New coalition in Tunisia fights for LGBTQI rights (February 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian judge jails trans woman pending indecency trial (January 2017, 76crimes.com)
- Jan. 6 trial in Tunisia for being gay on the street (December 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian police arrest and humiliate trans youth (November 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Amid democratic reforms, deeper troubles for LGBT Tunisians (October 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Homophobic attack on LGBTI rights defender in Tunisia (August 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisia: Attack targets LGBTQ activist from Shams
- Appeal for an end to anti-LGBT campaign in Tunisia
- Human rights advocates decry 3-year sentences in Tunisia (December 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisia: Death threats against LGBT activists (December 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian LGBT rights group under attack (December 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Tunisian justice minister seeks repeal of gay sex ban
- Tunisia: Protests against anal exam, sodomy sentence (September 2015, 76crimes.com)