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Amnesty International: Five Men Jailed For Breaking Fast In Public

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Tunisian court sentenced a man to jail for smoking and breaking his fast in public during the Muslim dawn to dusk fasting Month of Ramadan. He was sentenced to one month in prison. Following this, Tunis rights group, Amnesty International, on Tuesday dismissed as ‘absurd’ the jailing in Tunisia of people who fail to observe the Ramadan fast. According to Amnesty International he is the fifth man to receive a jail term after breaking fast during the ramadan period.Four men were previously jailed for eating in public on the 1st of June. This was condemned by Amnesty International as a violation of individual freedoms. The fifth man was charged with public indecency in Bezerte, Northwest of Tunis for smoking outside a courthouse in the holy month. In the United Arab Emirates it is against the law to eat or drink in daytime during Ramadan. However Amnesty International said, “there are no laws in Tunisia requiring individuals to fast or abstain from eating publicly during Ramadan.
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