Tunisia targets pro-gay advocacy at Shams

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02/22/2019

The Tunisian government has appealed a 2016 court decision that granted official recognition to the group Shams, which advocates the repeal of the nation’s anti-gay law. “The activities of this association are contrary to the principles of a Muslim society,” Tunisian officials complained. The news website Kapitalis.com reportedthat the government’s appeal was filed on Jan. 8, but Shams received notification of it only yesterday. The appeal argues that Shams “must not continue its activities, which go against the traditions of Tunisians who are Muslim. Islam prohibits these practices, which are also prohibited by Tunisian law under Article 230 of the Penal Code.”

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