Persecution Alert

Tunisian judge jails trans woman pending indecency trial

19 January 2017

A district court in Hammamet, Tunisia, today ordered the detention of a transgender woman who is awaiting a court decision on charges of public indecency and insulting a government official, reported.

Attorney Mounir Baatour said that his client, A.K., a trans woman known as Miriam, was arrested in November 2016 during a Halloween party for dressing as a woman. When questioned by the police, A.K. told them she considers herself a woman.

After making this “revelation,” police took A.K. to the police station where she said she was subjected to torture, humiliation and taunting, Baatour said.

The public prosecutor decided to set her free pending trial. Today A.K. appeared before a judge to answer the charges.



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