Tunisian police make LGBT arrests based on Facebook

Tataounine, Tunisia (Photo courtesy of Blogspot)
Tataounine, Tunisia (Photo courtesy of Blogspot)

The hunt for homosexuals continues in Tunisia, this week in Tataouine in the southern part of the country.

Tataouine is in southern Tunisia.
Tataouine is in southern Tunisia.

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 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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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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