Tunisia

20 May 2016

Rapport Tunisie sur la loi 52 sur les Stupefiants

Tunisia: the law against drugs grinds to a standstill

In spite of declarations in the media and the adoption of a new bill by the Council of Ministers, the current anti-drug law is now entering its 25th year. Even though it is largely considered to be unfair, ineffective and obsolete, this law continues to victimise the most vulnerable sectors of the Tunisian population. ASF is working hard to push for faster legislative reform on the issue.

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28 January 2016

Tunisia emergency: regions as victims

Tunis – Confronted with the rapid deterioration of the situation in Kasserine and in other marginalised regions of Tunisia, ASF and the Tunisia Forum for Economic and Social Rights have called on the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) to step in: to address the causes of social injustice. For both partners, the IVD should address publicly and as promptly as possible the issue of “region as victim” status in Tunisia.

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9 December 2015

Human Rights Day: Tribute to civil society

On Human Rights Day, ASF pays tribute to civil society organisations (CSOs) committed to the defence of human rights. These partners of ASF such as human rights associations and bar associations work to make justice accessible to everyone, including the most vulnerable groups of people. Whether in Burundi, Tunisia or Chad, where their working conditions are sometimes difficult, these CSOs are on the front line when it comes to promoting fundamental rights.

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9 October 2015

Tunisian civil society recognised by Nobel Peace Prize award

ASF congratulates its Tunisian partners – the Tunisian Order of Lawyers and the Tunisian Human Rights League. Together with two other organisations, the Tunisian General Labour Union and the Confederation of Industry, they have today received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015.

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10 September 2015

Reforming justice in Tunisia: “It’s now or never”

Tunis – Like other countries that have recently suffered attacks, Tunisia is facing a major challenge in terms of justice: to effectively combat terrorism while ensuring fundamental rights are respected, including the right of access to justice and the right to fair trial. In this context, the work of observing trials on given topics – including those relating to terrorism cases – is essential. This is the mission of the Observation Network of Tunisian Justice (ROJ, Réseau d’Observation de la Justice), which is entirely composed of national observers. A volunteer lawyer tells her story.

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4 August 2015

Tunisia : Counterterror Law Endangers Human Rights

Tunis – Tunisia’s new counterterrorism law imperils human rights and lacks the necessary safeguards against abuse, eight nongovernmental organizations said today. The law grants security forces broad and vague monitoring and surveillance powers, extends incommunicado detention from 6 to up to 15 days for terrorism suspects, and permits courts to close hearings to the public and allow witnesses to remain anonymous to the defendants.

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17 July 2015

International Justice Day: the future lies in the past

Brussels – The Day of International Criminal Justice is known as the date of the establishment in 1998 of a permanent International Criminal Court to prosecute and try those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. But this day is first and foremost dedicated to those who chose not to ignore the past. Many across the world have decided to stand up and allow for the truth to be told openly and widely.

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7 July 2015

Tunisia: Flaws in Revised Counterterrorism Bill

Tunis – Tunisian legislators should drop problematic provisions from a new counterterrorism bill, nine nongovernmental organisations said in a joint letter to the parliament today. The draft would permit extended incommunicado detention, weaken due process guarantees for people charged with terrorism offenses, and allow the death penalty.

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26 June 2015

Degrading and inhuman treatment is not inevitable

Brussels – On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) recalls that countless people are also victims of inhuman and degrading treatment. These practices often arise from appalling detention conditions in many countries in a post-conflict situation or in transition. ASF is calling for a reduction in the use of detention.

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16 June 2015

The Kasserine “Region as a Victim” submission: A first in Tunisian transitional justice

Tunis – Today, with the support of ASF, the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights is filing a “victim region” submission to the Truth and Dignity Commission. This file intends to establish “victim region” status for the Kasserine governorate.

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