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Censorship, Freedom of Expression, Free Speech, Right of Assembly Legislation/Cases/References
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On 01 August 2012, a draft bill to was submitted to parliament that, if passed, would effectively punish remarks and words broadly deemed as insult or mocking the 'sanctity of religion' by a prison sentence of up to two years or a fine of 2000 dinars in fines (US$ 1,236, €1,006) to anyone convicted of violating “sacred values” and up to four years for repeat offences [R1.1].

R1.1 GayStarNews: Tunisia blasphemy bill threatens gays and free speech 11 AUG 12
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
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National

Consensual sex between same-sex couples is unlawful [R1.2]


Penal Code of 1913 (as modified) [R1.2].

Article 230. Sodomy, if it does not fit in the circumstances described in the preceding articles, shall be punished by imprisonment for three years. (Google translation)

Article 230. La sodomie, si elle ne rentre dans aucun des cas prévus aux articles précédents, est punie de l'emprisonnement pendant trois ans.


On 26 October 2011, Nahda party spokesman Riad Chaibi offered reassurances that the new leadership does not want to deprive citizens of individual freedoms, saying that "individual freedoms and human rights are enshrined principles" and that atheists and homosexuals are a reality in Tunisia and "have a right to exist." According to Chaibi, in the case of homosexuals there is also "a matter of dignity, because society sees them as undervalued" [R1.1].

R1.2 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia 380.51kb, PDF 380.51kb, 13 MAY 11
R1.1 ThinkProgress LGBT: New Tunisian Government Promises 'Dignity' For Gays 26 OCT 11

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