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Tunisia: Effort to Shut Down LGBT Group

Expand People enter the Tunis hall of justice, Friday May, 26, 2017. © 2017 Hassene Dridi/AP Images (Tunis) – The Tunisian government should halt its attempt to fight a court ruling that gave an LGBT association the right to operate, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunis-based Shams association has vocally advocated the repeal of Tunisia’s anti-sodomy law and has defended many victims prosecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation. “If organizations that defend human rights and sexual minorities are shut down, Tunisia’s image as an island of freedom and democracy in the region will…

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