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Tunisia Jails 5 Men for Breaking Fast in Public During Ramadan – Amnesty International



Tunisia Jails 5 Men for Breaking Fast in Public During Ramadan - Amnesty International

A man was sentenced to one month in prison for breaking his fast and smoking during the fasting month of Ramadan in Tunisia, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

He is the fifth man to receive a jail sentence for breaking his fast during the holy month.

Four men were sentenced to one month in prison after eating in public on June 1.

Amnesty International condemned the move as a clear violation of individual freedoms.

He was charged with public indecency in the town of Bizerte, Northwest of Tunis, for smoking outside a courthouse.

“Imprisoning someone for smoking a cigarette or eating in public is an absurd violation of an individual’s personal freedoms. Failing to conform to religious and social customs is not a criminal offence,” Heba Morayef, North Africa Research Director at Amnesty International, said.

According to Amnesty, there are no laws in Tunisia requiring individuals to fast or preventing them from eating publicly during Ramadan.

During Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, observant Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk.

Arresting people for eating publicly during Ramadan is not uncommon in the Arab world.

While there are no laws that ban people from eating publicly during the day in Ramadan in Egypt, dozens are reportedly arrested every year for breaking their fast.

In 2016, police launched a raid campaign to clamp down on cafes operating during Ramadan.

In the United Arab Emirates, it is against the law to eat or drink during daytime in the holy month, where violators can face up to one month’s imprisonment.

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  1. damilola ogunkeye

    June 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    hmm na wa oo make some one no flex bcos of ramadan….lol and most funniest thing is that does people that jail him are more worse than him

  2. For this Hausa Man Go Get evicted From Nigeria

    June 14, 2017 at 1:02 am


  3. Observer

    June 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Is it unto man that they are fasting or unto God? They should continue to be deceiving themselves…. Always trying to defend God…

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