Who is the activist Rania Al-Amdouni, who was sentenced to prison by the Tunisian judiciary and caused widespread anger? | A nation is tweeting out of tune


The issuance of a court ruling against a Tunisian “LGBTQ activist” sparked widespread controversy in Tunisia, and human rights convictions for the court’s decision issued on the fourth of March of this month.

Screaming at the police

The organization said:Human Rights Watch“A Tunisian court has sentenced a prominent LGBT rights activist. She was imprisoned for six months and fined for screaming outside a police station after police officers refused to record her complaint of harassment.

Activist Rania Al-Amdouni, 26, is in a women’s prison in Manouba, west of Tunis.

Harassment from prison guards

Her lawyer, Hammadi Al-Henshiri, said that she was being harassed by prison guards.

The police arrested Al-Amdouni at the end of last month, after leaving the “Al-Satyam Center” in the center of the capital in turmoil, according to her lawyer, Hammadi Al-Henshiri.

The lawyer also said that police officers at that station had refused to register a complaint of her about repeated harassment, which she said had been practiced by police officers on the street and on the Internet against her.

Al-Henshiri added that the center’s agents then harassed her on the basis of her sexual orientation.

He pointed out that Rania shouted in the street outside the center and insulted the Tunisian police service.

Deprivation of protection

“The police response to al-Amdouni’s complaint deprives her of protection and undermines public confidence in law enforcement and the Tunisian justice system,” said Rasha Younes, LGBTQ rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

She added, “Stopping her and sentencing her is a terrible message from the Tunisian authorities to victims of discrimination, that they have nowhere to go. And that any objection issued by them may lead them to prison. ”

Al-Henshiri pointed out that the public prosecutor at the Court of First Instance in Tunis relied on her behavior outside the center and accused her on March 1 of “insulting the side of a public official by saying while doing his job.

It is a crime that carries a sentence of one year in prison, according to Article 125 of the “Criminal Code”, “Inciting Bedlam and Confusion,” and “Clear Drunkenness”.

On March 4, the district court in Monteflore, southwest of the capital, convicted Al-Amdouni of all charges and sentenced her to six months in prison and a fine of 18 dinars ($ 6.5). Her lawyer appealed this ruling on March 5.

Protection of individual freedoms

“The Tunisian government claims it is committed to protecting individual freedoms,” Yunus said. “However, the Prime Time Zone who inform are prosecuted. For violations of their rights. He confirms that this speech does not reflect reality.

She continued: “It should Tunisian authorities Investigate allegations of police harassment against Al-Amdouni. And stop using the judicial system to pursue her.

Working Women Committee

In this context, the Working Women Committee of the General Tunisian Confederation of Labor called for the provision of decent work conditions for female workers. In the vulnerable sectors, especially female domestic workers and women working in the agricultural field. And finding practical solutions for them, especially in the field of transportation and social protection.

The Tunisian General Labor Confederation renewed its call for the ratification of the International Convention No. 190 related. By eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work and implementing its recommendations.

She called for an end to discrimination against women, especially with regard to leadership positions, whether in the professional field or in society. By enabling it to assume the top jobs in the country.

The Confederation also demanded, on the occasion, the release of Rania Al-Amdouni, who is among the young Prime Time Zone participating in the protests. The last in Habib Bourguiba Street.

And it was considered “the victim of police repression and failure to assimilate the right to differ.”

She expressed her absolute support “to all the persecuted women of the world, especially the militants in Palestine and the Arab world.” And in all parts of the world for the sake of liberating their homelands and achieving freedom, dignity and equality.

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