Tunisia moves to shutdown their only national gay rights group, Shams.
In their objection to Shams, the Tunisian government states the group’s objective to protect sexual minorities goes against ‘Tunisian society’s Islamic values, which reject homosexuality and prohibit such alien behavior’.Anya Crittenton for Gay Star News
The whole situation is upsetting. Africa, along with Southwest Asia, is a hotbed in the war to decriminalize homosexual acts. After the courts in Tunisia delivered a nice small step toward equality, their Islamic government is moving to once again get rid of the main advocate for gay rights in their country.
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 take a big hit.Human Rights Watch