Two Young Tunisian Men Sentenced To Prison For “Behaving Like Women”

The men, men, 19 and 25, were convicted of Article 226, “assaulting public decency with an obscene attitude.”

Two young men in Tunisia have finished serving jail sentences after being convicted of indecency for their feminine appearance. The unnamed men, ages 19 and 25, lost an appeal but a two judge panel set them free on Monday, saying they had served their full sentence.

The victims were arrested on January 12 in their apartment in the city of Hammam Sousse.

Mounir Baatour, president of the LGBT group Shams, said that the victims were not convicted on the basis of Article 230, which forbids homosexual activity, but with Article 226, which addresses “assaulting public decency with an obscene attitude.”


Two other men, ages 20 and 21, were sentenced to eight months for homosexuality on Friday, even after being subjected to an anal exam that came out “negative.” (Note: Such exams are a personal violation, extremely painful, and regularly inconclusive.)

Achref and Sabri arrested in December and charged with violating Article 230 of the Criminal Code, which criminalizes sodomy.


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