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Tunisia, discrete battle for LGBT rights

from Ansa Med

A 50 year-old Swedish citizen was recently sentenced to serve two years in jail for engaging in homosexual acts on the basis of art 230 of the Tunisian penal code which states: "Male homosexual acts (liwat) and female ones (mousahaqa) are to be punished with a detention period of up to three years". The provision has been criticized for its generic nature, a characteristic that — lawyer Giorgio Bianco told ANSAmed — by encompassing a wide variety of sanctionable actions on the one hand, offers, on the other, a scope of possibilities to the technical-judicial defense. In fact, the only way to punish one or more of the accused is to catch them in the act. more

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