Kurdish president pardons doctor who was jailed for writing about homosexuality

first_imgNews RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa center_img Organisation Follow the news on Iraq News to go further News December 28, 2020 Find out more December 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish president pardons doctor who was jailed for writing about homosexuality Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s release of physician and freelance journalist Adel Hussein from prison in Erbil (330 km north of Baghdad) under a pardon granted by the president of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan at the start of every religious festival. Hussein had been in prison since 24 November, when he was found guilty of offending public decency under article 403 of the criminal code for writing an article about homosexuality for the independent Kurdish-language weekly Hawlati.————————————————————–2.12.2008Doctor jailed in Kurdistan for writing about homosexualityReporters Without Borders calls for the release of Adel Hussein, a doctor who was sentenced to six months in prison on 24 November in the Kurdish city of Erbil for writing an article about homosexuality for the independent weekly Hawlati. He was found guilty of offending public decency under article 403 of the criminal code.“Sexual practices are part of the individual freedoms that a democratic state is supposed to promote and protect,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Furthermore, Hussein did not defend homosexuality. He limited himself to describing a form of behaviour from a scientific viewpoint.”The press freedom organisation added: “We are astonished to learn that a press case has been tried under the criminal code. What was the point of adopting – and then liberalising – a press code in the Kurdistan region if people who contribute to the news media are still be tried under more repressive laws?”Currently held in the main prison in Erbil (330 km north of Baghdad), Hussein was prosecuted as a result of a complaint brought by the city’s public prosecutor over a scientific article published in April 2007 that detailed the physical effects of sodomy. As well as getting a six-month jail term, he was fined 125,000 dinars (85 euros).A member of the Union of Kurdish Journalists, Hussein often writes articles for the local press and hosts a programme on Newroz TV. Tareq Fateh, one of Hawlati’s editors, told Reporters Without Borders the sentence was unfair. “Sex education articles should not be judged according to the standards of public decency,” he said. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”last_img read more

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