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October 17, 2013

The first gay Frenchman and Moroccan to try and get married have been refused over a decades old agreement between the two countries

A French-Moroccan couple have been banned from marrying in France.

The couple, only identified as Dominique, 55, and Mohammed, a younger student visiting from Morocco, hoped to get married in Chambery on 11 October.

When France legalized gay marriage in May, agreements were signed with several countries banning any ex-patriots from several countries from marrying under the new law.

These were Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

July 2, 2013

LGBT people from 10 countries, who could potentially travel to France to get married, would be barred from doing so

Over 15 million LGBT people are banned from same-sex marriage in France, it was revealed today (2 July).

France has signed agreements with several countries saying any ex-patriots would be banned from marrying under the new ‘Marriage for All’ law.

The 10 countries are Algeria, Bosnia & Herzigovina, Cambodia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia as well as the region of Kosovo.

May 27, 2013

Cannes Film Festival honors Tunisian-French film director Abdellatif Kechiche with a Palme d’Or for his lesbian love story film, raising questions about LGBT issues in Tunisia

Tunisian-French film director Abdellatif Kechiche won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for his lesbian love story film ‘La Vie d'Adele’ (Blue is the Warmest Color).

The film, a coming of age story, features a 15 year-old girl who falls in love with an older female art student.

May 27, 2013

Cannes Film Festival honors Tunisian-French film director Abdellatif Kechiche with a Palme d’Or for his lesbian love story film, raising questions about LGBT issues in Tunisia

Tunisian-French film director Abdellatif Kechiche won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival for his lesbian love story film ‘La Vie d'Adele’ (Blue is the Warmest Color).

The film, a coming of age story, features a 15 year-old girl who falls in love with an older female art student.

April 8, 2013

The Tunisian Association for the Support of Minorities has called for the repeal of Tunisia’s sodomy law, which the group said is used as a political weapon

Yamina Thabet, president of the association, appealed to Tunisia’s government, led by the Islamist Ennahda party, to repeal the country’s anti-sodomy law and to stop its misuse in intimidating political opposition.

The appeal comes as a response to the arrest of lawyer Baatour Mounir, head of the Liberal Party of Tunisia (PLT).

April 3, 2013

Tunisian experts suggest reports of arrest of PLT opposition leader Mounir Baatour at the Sheraton Hotel in Tunis could be invented or exaggerated to discredit him

Mounir Baatour, the leader of Tunisia’s opposition Liberal Party (PLT), has been arrested along with another man for allegedly participating in a gay sex act in a Tunis hotel Sunday (31 March) evening.

A pro-Ennahda Facebook page uses highly inflammatory and graphic descriptions of the man who was arrested along with Baatour and the alleged sexual activity – apparently in a bid to discredit PLT’s leader.

March 24, 2013

Al-Fajr, Tunisia's ruling party's official paper, accused Nawal El Saadawi, Egypt's leading feminist, of 'promoting homosexuality and prostitution'

Renowned Egyptian feminist, Nawal El Saadawi, was accused by the Tunisia’s main paper as a ‘promoter of prostitution and homosexuality’.

The smear campaign was launched last week in Al Fajr, after Saadawi visited Tunisia during the International Women’s day, where she was warmly received the country’s president, Moncef Marzouki, as well as several other ministers.

March 24, 2013

Al-Fajr, Tunisia's ruling party's official paper, accused Nawal El Saadawi, Egypt's leading feminist, of 'promoting homosexuality and prostitution'

Renowned Egyptian feminist, Nawal El Saadawi, was accused by the Tunisia’s main paper as a ‘promoter of prostitution and homosexuality’.

The smear campaign was launched last week in Al Fajr, after Saadawi visited Tunisia during the International Women’s day, where she was warmly received the country’s president, Moncef Marzouki, as well as several other ministers.

January 14, 2013

A pro-gay rights charity’s office was robbed and vandalized following their critique of a statement by Tunisia’s human rights minister saying gays won’t be tolerated 

The office of a pro gay rights charity was vandalized and robbed late last week following its critique of Tunisia’s minister of human rights who said gays will not be tolerated in the country.

August 11, 2012

A bill to criminalize offences against 'sacred values', filed in parliament this week by Tunisia's ruling party Ennahda, threatens the gay community

A draft bill to criminalize offenses against ‘sacred values’ was submitted to parliament this week by Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda.

Human rights defenders warn if passed it would threaten freedom of expression and may worsen an already difficult situation for Tunisia’s gay community.

If passed, the new law would effectively punish remarks and words broadly deemed as insult or mocking the ‘sanctity of religion’ by large fines and imprisonment.

August 7, 2012

A gay tourist from Italy was brutally murdered in Tunisia, activists say this highlights increasing difficulties LGBT people face in the country

A gay Italian tourist, known only by his first name, Angelo, was found dead, murdered, in his holiday apartment in Hammamet, a coastal resort town in north east of Tunisia.

Reports, which have only been recently corroborated, indicate he was repeatedly stabbed 10 times on the night of 1 August around 2 am.

Tunisian police arrested a suspect for the murder one hour later, a 20-year-old unemployed man, resident of Nabeul city, along with some of the victim’s stolen possessions and money.

June 6, 2012

Tunisian minister of human rights Samir Dilou rejects UN demand to decriminalize same-sex acts, saying it is incompatible with Islam

Tunisia's human rights, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.

In a press conference held in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, on 2 June Dilou stated that while all Tunisians are entitled to basic protection, lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not included.

April 6, 2012

LGBT campaigners in Tunisia claim a man accused of desecrating the Koran in Tunisia is a pawn used by radical Muslims to discredit gays and secularists

A Tunisian man has been exposed on the internet claiming to be gay and to be responsible for ripping up copies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

The man had been arrested by Salafists – members of a radical movement in Islam – who also made and posted the video ‘confession’.

But LGBT activists in Tunisia are viewing the video with suspicion, saying that the man appears to be in a ‘psychologically unstable’ condition and seems to be reciting a script by heart that he has been given.

April 6, 2012

LGBT campaigners in Tunisia claim a man accused of desecrating the Koran in Tunisia is a pawn used by radical Muslims to discredit gays and secularists

A Tunisian man has been exposed on the internet claiming to be gay and to be responsible for ripping up copies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

The man had been arrested by Salafists – members of a radical movement in Islam – who also made and posted the video ‘confession’.

But LGBT activists in Tunisia are viewing the video with suspicion, saying that the man appears to be in a ‘psychologically unstable’ condition and seems to be reciting a script by heart that he has been given.

March 14, 2012

Homophobic hackers take over Gay Day Magazine’s internet accounts, emails, Twitter and Facebook

Homophobic hackers have attacked Tunisia's main LGBT title, Gay Day Magazine, taking over it's internet accounts, emails, Twitter and Facebook.

This comes after several previous attacks which hacked Gmail, Twitter and the main site, renaming account titles to 'Garbage Day Magazine', clearly a homophobic reference.

March 3, 2012

Despite appeals by Amnesty, journalists and diplomats, Tunisia's Human Rights minister stands by his words that gays are sick and their freedom of expression should be limited

Tunisia's minister for human rights Samir Dilou is sticking by the homophobic statement he made on celebrity host Samir Wafi’s TV talkshow on 4 February despite domestic and international pressure.

February 29, 2012

Farhat Othman questions spiritual leader Rashid Ghannouchi over new Tunisia's commitment to human and LGBT rights

A former top Tunisian diplomat has sent an unprecedented open letter to Rashid Ghannouchi, founder and spiritual leader of the Islamist Ennahda party that now rules post-revolutionary Tunisia, about the direction the country is going.  

February 29, 2012

Farhat Othman questions spiritual leader Rashid Ghannouchi over new Tunisia's commitment to human and LGBT rights

A former top Tunisian diplomat has sent an unprecedented open letter to Rashid Ghannouchi, founder and spiritual leader of the Islamist Ennahda party that now rules post-revolutionary Tunisia, about the direction the country is going.  

February 6, 2012

Human rights minister Samir Dilou attacks Gay Day Magazine and agrees gays need ‘medical treatment’ in TV interview

Tunisia’s human rights minister has attacked an online gay magazine while being interviewed by homophobic TV presenter Samir El-Wafi.

Minister Samir Dilou said ‘freedom of expression has its limits’ and agreed homosexuality was a ‘perversion’ which needed to be ‘treated medically’.

January 22, 2012

Tunisia’s new Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, claimed to be in gay sex prison video

Tunisia’s Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in a scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him while he was in prison having sex with one of his fellow male inmates.

January 22, 2012

Tunisia’s new Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, claimed to be in gay sex prison video

Tunisia’s Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, has been embroiled in a scandal as a leaked video allegedly shows him while he was in prison having sex with one of his fellow male inmates.