On Human Rights Day, a Tunisian Court Sent Six Men to Prison For Being Gay 

NIS, Tunisia — Six young men were sentenced to prison for being gay on December 10 in Kairouan, an ancient Tunisian city just over 100 miles from the capital. Ironically enough, the court announced its decision on International Human Rights Day. The six were accused of sodomy under Article 230 of the Tunisian Penal Code, which criminalizes homosexuality. The conviction followed an anal examination by police, a practice described by Amnesty International as “torture when carried out involuntarily.” The organization called for their immediate release and described the conviction as “a shocking example of deep-rooted state sanctioned discrimination against LGBTI people.” Five years since fruit-seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in desperate protest against social injustice, it’s clear that post-revolutionary Tunisia has made achievements on some issues while stagnating, or even regressing, on others. Tunisia has made achievements on some issues while stagnating, or even regressing, on others…story continues below…

Source: On Human Rights Day, a Tunisian Court Sent Six Men to Prison For Being Gay | Foreign Policy

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