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Thomas von der Osten-Sacken:International Day Against Homophobia in Tunesien
23. Mai 2012, 14.41 Uhr:

International Day Against Homophobia in Tunesien

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Fadi Krouj, Herausgeber des Gayday Magazines, über “the first Tunisian public LGBT event“:

When it comes to Tunisia, the interim government has totally ignored direct solicitations from the UN to respect the rights of LGBT individuals, as recommended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during an African summit where Tunisia was present.

Shamefully, Arab and African countries refuse to deal with this subject, and radically walked out of the Human Rights council panel after UN Secretary General and the High Commissioner on Human Rights addressed violence against LGBT people.

The Tunisian LGBT community in Tunisia has started to mobilize and discretely form its support-base. Reactions to the thus far mainly online activism were met with radical, homophobic statements from the current Minister of Human Rights, Samir Dilou. He described homosexuality as a mental illness that requires treatment and isolation, and described social values and traditions as red lines not to be crossed.

This is the first year that the Tunisian LGBT community publically celebrates the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. A Facebook event was created to invite people to celebrate the spirit of humanity and solidarity. Online materials, shorts videos, and documentaries were heavily shared on Facebook to raise awareness on the issue of homophobia and the need for political action to legalize homosexuality, and implement laws that criminalize all forms of stigma and discrimination. These demands were echoed in a press release signed ‘Tunisian LGBT community.’

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