Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Homophobic attack on LGBTI rights defender in Tunisia

Front Line Defenders reports: On 29 August 2016, an unknown man physically assaulted LGBTI rights defender Mr. Bouhdid Belhedi in central Tunis, after the man recognised his affiliation to Shams LGBTI rights association. Bouhdid Belhedi is a LGBTI defender working on the defence of sexual minorities in Tunisia and against homophobia. He is a member … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

Tunisian activist in coma after 2nd suicide attempt

Ahmed Ben Amor, vice president of the Tunisian LGBT rights association Shams, is in critical condition after making his second suicide attempt in a month, his friends report. Speaking to Tunisia Live, Shams executive board member and spokesperson Belhedi Bouhdid, said that on July 16, “We were with him at his house following the first attempt. … Continue reading

Middle East / North Africa

Tunisia: What are you doing to your youth?

Dictatorial, homophobic leaders of Tunisia “systematically sacrifice” the country’s youths, forgetting that youths led Tunisia’s democratic revolution, says the group Shams, which seeks the repeal of Tunisia’s anti-gay law. The statement by Shams (which means “Sun”) came in response to a suicide attempt by its vice president, Ahmed Ben Amor. Shams said: “How can such … Continue reading

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U.N. panel to Tunisia: Stop forced anal exams

Human Rights Watch reports: Tunisia: UN Panel Condemns Forced Anal Exams Government Should Ban Abusive “Homosexuality” Tests (Tunis, May 23, 2016) – The United Nations Committee Against Torture, in its most recent evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of forced anal examinations as an attempt to find “proof” against people accused of homosexual conduct, Human … Continue reading

Africa / Asia / Commentary / Middle East / North Africa

Forced anti-gay anal tests face legal challenge in Kenya

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today: Kenya: Court to Hear Forced Anal Testing Case Invalidated Homosexuality “Test” Violates International Law (Nairobi, May 3, 2016) – A Kenyan court will hear a constitutional petition challenging the use of forced anal examinations of men accused of homosexuality on May 4, 2016, Human Rights Watch said … Continue reading