Amnesty International’s Letter in Response to Human Rights Minister
Amnesty International has addressed a letter on February 23rd, to Samir Dilou, Tunisian Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice to express its alarm at statements he made about homosexuality in a television talk-show earlier this month.
In summary Amnesty International call on Minister of Human Rights and Transitional Justice to:
– Publically retract the damaging and discriminatory comments about homosexuality, and commit to upholding the human rights of all Tunisians as the Minister for Human Rights and Transitional Justice;
– Urge the government to repeal Article 230 of the Tunisian Criminal Code which makes consensual sex between members of the same sex a criminal offence, punishable with six months to three years imprisonment.
– Call for the principle of non-discrimination to be enshrined in the new constitution including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.