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Tunisia: Café Owner Jailed Over Ramadan Hours

(Tunis) – A café owner in Tunisia was convicted of publicly offending morality on May 29, 2019 for keeping his café open during Ramadan fasting hours, Human Rights Watch said today. Such prosecutions, using a vague provision that is applied sporadically and inconsistently, constitute an arbitrary use of the criminal law.  Expand  Imed Zaghouani outside his café in Kairouan, Tunisia.   © Private Imed Zaghouani kept his Damascus café in the city of Kairouan open during the current month of Ramadan, when Islam instructs believers to fast from sunrise to sunset. He spent 10 days in jail before…

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