Mohamed is a 25-year-old nurse from Tunisia who was raped in his own home and is a victim of sexual assault is facing up to 3 years in prison just because he's gay .He went to the police to report his attacker.
Instead of receiving him the protection he desperately needed, he ended up being the one prosecuted...for being gay. This is possible only because it's a crime to be gay in Tunisia.
On 7 December 2016, two Tunisian men were arrested on the street on suspicion of homosexual activity in Sousse, "anally probed" and forced to sign confessions of having committed "sodomy". They were not holding hands or kissing or showing any kind of affection at all. On 11 March 2017, while on bail, they were given eight-month prison sentences
Even minors also In June 2017, a 16-year-old teen was sentenced to 4 months in jail for homosexuality after refusing to be "anally probed."
Tunisia wants to show itself as a democratic secular progressive country but still prosecutes its sexual minority by forced anal tests and examination and by raiding appartments and closed doors in private homes
Law enforcement officials working in tandem with medical personnel subject men and transgender women who are arrested on homosexuality-related charges to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding "proof" of homosexual conduct.
These examinations often involve doctors or other medical personnel forcibly inserting their fingers, and sometimes other objects, into the anus of the accused. Law enforcement officials and some medical personnel claim that by doing so they can determine the tone of the anal sphincter or the shape of the anus and draw conclusions as to whether or not the accused person has engaged in homosexual conduct. This argument is based on long-discredited 19th century science: the overwhelming weight of medical and scientific opinion holds that it is impossible to use these exams to determine whether a person has regularly engaged in same-sex conduct.
Forced anal examinations are a form of cruel, degrading, and inhuman treatment that can rise to the level of torture. They violate the Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the African Convention on Human and Peoples' Rights. Forced anal exams are invasive, intrusive, and profoundly humiliating. As the UN Committee against Torture has emphasized, they "have no medical justification and cannot be consented to fully."
And at least thousands of arrests since the revolution and 71 arrests under Tunisia's anti-gay law in 2017.
Tunisian parliamentarians we are calling on you to repeale all together Article 230 of the Tunisian Penal Code as recommended in the final report of the Committee on Individual Freedoms and Equality. And not refirming the code to maintain homosexuality as a crime punishef by a fine
Please sign it.