The civil collective for individual freedoms is celebrating this year and for the second time, the world day against homophobia and transphobia, on May 17, 2017.
Celebrating the World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia takes on special significance this year, with an emphasis on diversity and recognition of all sexualities and all gender identities and expressions.
The civil collective recalls:
- The celebration of May 17 in Tunisia is part of an atmosphere of homophobia and reigning transphobia, as evidenced by the many cases of arrest and conviction of people for "homosexuality" and arrest of transgender people, accusing them of contempt to public morals. Articles 226, 226 bis, 227 bis, 230 and 231 of the penal code continue to be applied to condemn LGBTQI ++ people to custodial sentences, correlated with cruel treatment and practices assimilated to torture (anal test).
- Despite this environment of repression, the member associations of the Civil Collective for Individual Freedoms strengthen their position and reaffirm the principle of equality and the rights of all, including LGBTQI ++ people, to integrity, dignity and enjoy their rights as human and full citizens.
The Civil Collective draws attention to the fact that the celebration of May 17 coincides this year, with:
- The Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights situation in Tunisia by the Human Rights Council, and the presentation of an alternative report devoted for the first time to the rights and situation of LGBTQI people ++ .
- The dissemination of the press release from the Council of the Order of Physicians declaring the unconstitutionality of the vaginal test and the anal test.
The Civil Collective welcomes the fact that:
The member associations of the Civil Collective for Individual Freedoms lead their advocacy, continue to defend LGBTQI ++ people before courts that apply homophobic, transphobic and liberticidal texts and try to bring their legal, psychological and social aid and support to the "victims" of the transphobia and homophobia ...
On the occasion of this day, we, members of the Civil Collective for Individual Freedoms:
- Let us remind the Tunisian State of the obligation to respect the various provisions of the Constitution of 2014 and the commitments resulting from duly ratified international conventions, and which advocate the rights to equality, dignity and physical integrity ;
- We demand the immediate repeal of articles 226, 226 bis, 227 bis, 230 and 231 of the penal code,
- We demand that we no longer arrest LGBTQI ++ people,
- Demand an immediate end to the use of anal testing and humiliating and degrading tests that affect physical integrity and dignity; and to comply with the decision of the Council of the Order of Physicians.
The signatory associations:
1. Tunisian Association for the Defense of Individual Freedoms (ADLI)
2. The League tunisienne des droits de l’homme
3. TheTunisian Association of Democratic Women
4. TheBayti Association
5. ALSEJINE 52
6.The Mawjoudin Initiative for EqualityWeExist
7. The League of Tunisian Electors
8. The Tawhida Ben Cheikh Group-For Research & Action in Women's Health
9. The Shams Association
10. The Tunisian Association for Justice and Legality DAMJ
11. The CHOUF MINORITIES Association
12. The Association for the Promotion of Law to the ADD difference
13. The League of Tunisian Electors LET
14. The Association Tunisian for the fight against STDs and AIDS ATL
15. The Waai Association
16. The Tunisian Association for Health and Reproduction Y-PEER
17. The CALAM Association
18. The Free Sight Association
19. The Tunisian Organization for Social Justice and Solidarity OTJUSS
20. The Tunisian Association for Positive Prevention + ATP +
21. The Doustouna Network
22. The Horra Association
23. The Coalition for Women of Tunisia
24. EUROMED RIGHTS network
27. The World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017