The President of Tunisia wants to make gay sex legal

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A Tunisian commission has called for homosexuality to be decriminalized in the country. The 230-page proposal, which was published last month revealed that unfortunately not all Tunisians are equal in rights, especially when it comes to minority groups, in part LGBT, who are still considered criminals by the local law. Led by the President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, the commission called for the removal of capital punishment, equaling women to men in rights and decriminalizing LGBT. Homosexuality is illegal in Tunisia and punishable by long-term imprisonment or even death. One of the main areas of concerns for gay and bisexual men in Tunisia is the ongoing practice of so-called ‘anal testing.’ Last year, the Human Rights Watch reported that Tunisia’s health authorities had issued warnings to doctors to stop this offensive practice. Speaking with Le Point Afrique, Tunisian politician and lawyer, Bochra Belhaj Hmida said that the new presidential commission proposal was an opportunity to remove the country’s homophobic Article 230. The politician said that there were two options when it came to the future of the current anti-gay law: Either the complete decriminalisation of homosexuality, or that those convicted of same-sex sexual activity should face a fine of 500 Tunisian dinar (or around £150).

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