Category: North Africa

Tunisia: Appeals court supports LGBT activist group Shams

Tunisia: Appeals court supports LGBT activist group Shams

A high appeals court in Tunisia has rejected a government attempt to shut down the LGBT rights group Shams for the Defense of the Rights of Homosexual [...]
Mauritania: Prison for 8 men ‘imitating women’ at party

Mauritania: Prison for 8 men ‘imitating women’ at party

A Mauritanian court has sentenced eight men to prison for acting too feminine in a video from a birthday party. From the African Human Rights [...]
Mauritania: Police arrest 10 after seeing video of ‘gay wedding’

Mauritania: Police arrest 10 after seeing video of ‘gay wedding’

Police in Muslim-majority Mauritania mistook a birthday party for a gay wedding, so they arrested 10 party-goers on homosexuality charges. Fr [...]
Appeal to Tunisia: End prosecution of LGBT activist who offended Muslims

Appeal to Tunisia: End prosecution of LGBT activist who offended Muslims

The human rights group Human Rights Watch is urging Tunisian authorities to drop their lawsuit against LGBT rights activist Mounir Baatour, who wrote [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Mounir Baatour, the leader of the Tunisian gay rights group Shams, has fled to France for safety. Before his decision to flee, Baatour had been a cand [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Help us help Iheb and Rochdi, gay Tunisians imprisoned for who they are

    From the African Human Rights Media Network Welcome to the campaign to help Iheb and Rochdi, thrown in jail for lovin [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

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 announce [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

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 [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Victory for gay rights in Tunisia

The Tunis Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court decision that allowed the LGBT rights group Shams to keep its official recognition as a legitima [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

Repression of LGBT rights defenders marred the recently held session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. From the African H [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

U.N. experts to Tunisia: Don’t shut down Shams

Four high-ranking human rights specialists at the United Nations are urging the Tunisian government not to close down the LGBT rights organization Sha [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Death (denied) in Tunisia’s queer cell block

Recent reports, apparently untrue, that a trans woman died in the "Lions' Den" cell block at Mornaguia Prison focused attention on the grim conditions [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

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 nat [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Horror for a young man under the shade of Tunisian palms

Pressure is building to release a young Tunisian man imprisoned for homosexuality. Here's how to join the campaign launched by Shams and All Out. [...]
Tunisian gay-rights leader flees to France for safety

Gay Tunisian flees to Europe to avoid prison for homosexuality

Sentenced to prison for homosexuality three times in the past three years, a gay Tunisian fled today to an undisclosed European country. From the A [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Egypt thinks merely interviewing a gay man is a crime. From the African Human Rights Media Network COMMENTARY By Gerard Adams [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Tunisia: Raped, robbed, then arrested for homosexuality

A young man in Tunisia was conned by two men on Facebook who met him, raped him and robbed him. When he reported the crimes to police, they arrested h [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Protesters vs. petitioners: Dispute over Tunisia’s anti-gay law

Tunisia is starkly divided on whether to repeal its anti-gay law. In favor: a presidential commission and human rights organizations. Opposed: thousan [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Egyptian actor pushes for LGBT rights

Amid Egypt's continuing repression of its LGBT citizens, dissidents, political activists and journalists, actor Khaled Abol Naga keeps promoting LGBT [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

Tunisian officials propose repeal of anti-gay law

An official presidential advisory committee in Tunisia has recommended repeal of the country's anti-gay law. NBC News reported: The [...]
1 year in Egyptian prison. The crime? Interviewing a gay man

IDAHOT day: Festivities but homophobic hate too

Celebrations, awards and inspiring statements marked today's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in many countries, although opponent [...]
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