Tunisian LGBT rights group under attack

The fight for LGBTQIA human rights and freedom of assembly continue in Tunisia.


Logo de l'association Shams Logo of Shams

Ahmed Zarrouk, secretary general of the Tunisian government, has called for the Tunisian LGBT rights group Shams to be disbanded, even though it just recently won official recognition.

Shams, which was officially registered on May 18, one day after the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, advocates the repeal of Section 230 of the Tunisian penal code, which outlaws homosexual intimacy.

Zarrouk’s main argument in favor of revoking Shams’ registration is that its constitution, which it presented as part of its request for official recognition, made no reference to homosexuality.

“We were surprised when we saw its director talk about this on TV,” Zarrouk said.

He also said that official publication of Shams’ registration had not occurred.

According to Abdellatif Mekki, a member of parliament from the Islamist Ennahda party, the registration of Shams endangers “social peace” and could encourage terrorism.

Ahmed ben Amor (Photo de Getty Images par Fethi Belaid) Ahmed ben Amor (Photo by…

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