Tunisia

LGBTI Rights in Tunisia


ADDED ON: 09/18/2019

Anti-gay candidate leads in Tunisia’s presidential election

Anti-gay law professor Kais Saied won the most votes in the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, the Tunisian electoral commission announced. This is the country’s second free presidential election since protesters…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2019

LGBT Tunisia: Rift over Israel, tactics, morals of gay candidate

Eleven Tunisian LGBT rights groups have attacked gay presidential candidate Mounir Baatour and his LGBT association, Shams, criticizing them for lack of hostility to Israel, for alleged sexual abuse, and for their…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2019

Meet the man hoping to become the Muslim world’s first openly gay president

Mounir Baatour’s office is cool, the steady thrum of the air conditioner offering a welcome break from the blistering summer heat that has descended upon Tunis. Past noon, little moves outside. The…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Tunisia: LGBT right group leader announces plans to run for November Presidential elections

The leader of Tunisia’s LGBT community, Shams, has announced plans to run for November presidential elections, first time ever a gay enters a presidential race in the North African country and in…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2019

Tunisian court victory boosts push to end gay sex ban

After winning a four-year battle against government efforts to shut it down, Tunisia's leading LGBT+ rights group said it will push for gay sex to be decriminalised amid rising convictions for same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2019

A Queer Film Festival in Tunisia — Where Being Gay Is Illegal

For four days in March, a sanctuary for queer and trans people sprung up in Tunisia — a country where being gay is illegal. Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, in its second year,…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Tunisia invokes sharia law in bid to shut down LGBT rights group

One of the Arab world’s most visible advocacy groups defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is facing closure following legal threats by the government. Association Shams has…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2019

Tunisia: Effort to Shut Down LGBT Group

The Tunisian government should halt its attempt to fight a court ruling that gave an LGBT association the right to operate, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunis-based Shams association has vocally…

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ADDED ON: 02/25/2019

Tunisia targets pro-gay advocacy at Shams

The Tunisian government has appealed a 2016 court decision that granted official recognition to the group Shams, which advocates the repeal of the nation’s anti-gay law. “The activities of this association are…

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ADDED ON: 02/24/2019

Tunisian government moves to shutter LGBTQ group, advocate says

The Tunisian government is attempting to disband one of the country’s few, and arguably its most prominent, LGBTQ rights groups, according to the group’s leader. Mounir Baatour, president of Association Shams, said…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2019

Tunisia: Engineer loses job, faces trial for old videos on his phone

A Tunisian man who worked in Dubai for the past five years lost his job and now faces criminal homosexuality charges in a Tunisian court — all because police found old intimate…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2018

Rights Groups Condemn ‘brutal and humiliating’ Tests on Gay Men in Tunisia

More than 70 gay men were jailed by Tunisian authorities last year, according to activists, who warn anal tests and phone searches are being used to identify suspects. Mounir Baatour, lawyer and…

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