Tunisia's New Gay Rights Fight

Published: December 11, 2014

The Huffington Post
Original Article:  huff.to/1skpqKh

Under Tunisian law, homosexuality is a crime, punishable by years in prison. But in the past few years, those who oppose the law have found an outlet for their dissent: social media. A new initiative has piqued the interest of a growing sector of Tunisia’s public sphere. A Facebook page called "Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Tunisia" currently has several thousand followers.

"Bayrem," (a pseudonym), a lawyer and the page’s moderator, told HuffPost Tunisia about messages received by the page’s administrators from individuals in distress and whose lives are in danger.

The group is planning to eventually organize itself within a legal framework.

"We plan to file status in compliance with the law of associations currently in force. We will declare ourselves openly and officially as an association for the abolition of Article 230 of the Criminal Code that penalizes homosexuality with a prison sentence of up to 3 years. We will also fight for the repeal of Article 226 used against transgender and transsexual individuals, accusing them of outrages against public decency," Bayrem said.

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