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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 04:19 AM

Tunisian man who reported rape and robbery is imprisoned for gay sex

A Tunisian man who was arrested after reporting being robbed and raped to the police has been sentenced for sodomy.

The man, who was identified by the initials A.F. by the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW)—and as Anas by LGBT+ campaigners at AllOut—was arrested for homosexuality after reporting his rape to the police, Tunisian LGBT+ rights group Shams first reported on January 29 in a Facebook post. He was sentenced on Monday (February 11).

According to Shams, the 22-year-old man was ambushed by two men after arranging a meeting on Facebook with one of them. The two men raped him and stole his phone and jacket.

When Anas reported the crime to the local authorities in the city of Sfax, he was arrested and force to undergo an anal test—an invasive and humiliating practice that Tunisia had promised the United Nations to halt, although an official ban has yet to be imposed.


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