Update – 17 December 2015: Our campaign worked and the Appeal Court ruled in Marwan’s favour. He was freed today.
Update – 14 December 2015: Marwan is still in danger. On 10 December, he was back in court for his appeal - the court is right now making up their minds and will announce the verdict in just three days. If he’s found guilty, authorities could send him back to jail for a year.
But while Marwan is awaiting the court’s verdict, there is more unsettling news from Tunisia: six other men in Tunisia have been sentenced to three years in prison for similar accusations.
We need to speak up right now and urge authorities to #FreeMarwan unconditionally along with all the other people imprisoned in Tunisia for who they love. Help us get to 100,000 signatures in the next few days by signing and sharing the petition.
Update – 10 November 2015: We recently heard from our friends in Tunisia that Marwan has been freed! Over 80,000 of us from all over the world spoke out asking Tunisian authorities to #FreeMarwan. And it worked – Marwan is out of jail and safe at home. But he's still in danger. Marwan has another appeal in December, and if he's found guilty, authorities could send him back to jail for a year, just for being gay.
Update – 09 October 2015: We need to keep up the pressure to #FreeMarwan ahead of his appeal. Our friends in Tunisia will deliver our petition directly to the President and the Minister of Justice.
Tortured for being gay. That’s what happened to Marwan, a 22-year-old student in Tunisia. When police found text messages to other men on his phone, they arrested him. They performed a horrific medical exam to ‘prove’ that he was gay. You don’t even want to know what they did.
If we don’t speak up now, Marwan could spend the next year of his life in jail. But his conviction caused a public outcry in Tunisia. Politicians are feeling the heat, and several have spoken out against the ruling.
The government wants the world to think Tunisia is making progress on human rights after the Arab Spring. So they will pay attention if thousands of us stand up for Marwan – they don't want their image to be tarnished. We’ll join a massive movement on the ground, and the pressure could be enough to release him.
Marwan’s appeal is coming up and the authorities could decide at any moment whether to free him. Our partners in Tunisia have asked us to build a giant global petition that they will deliver to the authorities. Call for Marwan to be freed.
Published October 2nd, 2015