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Tunisian LGBT activist imprisoned after reporting police harassment

The concerns of civil society organizations and the international community have grown stronger regarding restrictions on personal freedoms after a Tunisian court ruled against LGBT rights activist Rania Amdouni.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Human Rights Watch reports that a Tunisian court sentenced LGBT rights activist Rania Amdouni to six months in prison March 4 and fined her 18 Tunisian dinars ($6.50) for shouting outside a police station after police officers refused to register her harassment complaint. The rights group said the ruling was appealed March 5.

“Tunisian authorities should ensure that complaints, including Amdouni’s, are handled confidentially and swiftly, following a clear procedure, and that people can submit complaints without fear of reprisals,” Human Rights Watch said in its March 9 report.

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