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Written Questions on Tunisia sentencing six men to prison for homosexuality

On December 22, Marietje Schaake together with Sophie in 't Veld (both D66/ALDE) submitted to Vice-President / High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, Parliamentary Written Questions on the sentencing of six men to prison for homosexuality in Tunisia. Authors: Marietje Schaake, Sophie in 't Veld Subject: Tunisia sentences six men to prison for homosexuality On December 10, six young men were arrested in their university dormitory in Kairouan, Tunisia. Upon their arrest, they were subject to anal examinations. Based on Article 230 of the Personal Status Code law banning sodomy, they were sentenced to three years each in prison, the maximum sentence term under Tunisian law, for committing homosexual acts. After serving their prison sentence, the six men face banishment from their city Kairouan for five years (1). 1. Are the VP/HR and/or the EEAS aware of the recent sentencing in Tunisia and how do they assess it? 2. What actions are the VP/HR and the EEAS undertaking in Tunisia, in light of the goals set by the Commission in the recently published EU LGBTI list of actions, which includes the goal to combat the discrimination of LGBTI people in third countries through projects funded by the EIDHR (2)? 3. How do the VP/HR and/or EEAS plan to address the abovementioned developments in their encounters with Tunisian counterparts? (1) (2)